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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 6 2013 6:40 p.m. MST

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morpunkt
Glendora, CA

I believe the church has a unique opportunity to further propagate the Mormon Moment with the huge influx of missionary numbers. Who will they teach? There's plenty of them.

RickH
Blaine, WA

Deseret News just can't find enough reasons to keep Romney on the front page even though the rest of the world wishes he would just go away.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

"Mormonism is only about forty years old, but its career has been full of stir and adventure from the beginning, and is likely to remain so to the end." (Mark Twain from his travel book Roughing It, published in 1872)
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Twain's perceptive insight came in an era when Mormonism was still scorned by America and the world as an eccentric cultural phenomenon but something less than a legitimate religious movement. The so-called Mormon moment of 2012 was more of a surge in renewed curiosity because of Romney's candidacy. The greater promise is in the fact that it's being more closely examined by academics who want to understand. Those include faithful Latter-day Saints who are studying their own history with greater objectivity than ever before. I see that as a positive trend that will continue.

GZE
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

"Media Interest in Mormon Moment slows."

In other news, the Salt Lake Media rush to fill the void.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

The mighty stone is rolling forth from the mountain and will continue to grow until the Great Jehovah declares that the work is finished.

christoph
Brigham City, UT

The corrupt national media has had a tough year all together; since politics is what is worshiped now in our country, and since there was no national election this year, many news outlets are hurting. They live off of the election year. MSNBC and CNN are hurting, and Washington Post was sold off. Fewer people read newspapers and fewer watch TV news. The media loves when there is a hurricane, 9-11, or big story to cover, that means money in pocket. The Church wins silently and quietly, and prefers ordinary common days. It has been growing since 1830, so no need to change course too much. The media is blind to the miracles that go on with all religious people of all religious affiliation, and that is good.

NT
SomewhereIn, UT

@RickH
Blaine, WA

"Deseret News just can't find enough reasons to keep Romney on the front page even though the rest of the world wishes he would just go away."

Funny, isn't it, that Rick from Washington is reading the Des News - a Utah publication - and whining about what he finds on its front page.

Reminds me of the roommates I had from NY/NJ here in Utah whose days were spent whining about...yep, you guessed it...Utah.

Rick - stick to your Washington publications and I'll bet you won't be so encumbered by Mitt on your front pages.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

It seems Mormons are trying too hard to make it seem that they are normal people; but instead of clarifying their concern for normalcy it appears more confusing, What is happening with Mormon acceptance of public non acceptance. What happened to the peculiar people, and why so up tight and nervous.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

skeptic,

One man's peculiar is another man's normal. In America these days, some people shoot for being known for something so eccentric or outlandish that they get offered their own reality show. How normal is that?

Some Mormons loathed the so-called Mormon moment. Others couldn't get enough of it. Still others think it was much ado about nothing.

Filo Doughboy
Bakersfield, CA

The M. Moment was too fabricated and forced to be a natural phenom. Tracking and data are interesting, but all the hype was too faux, for moi. (It smelled too desperate...) Mormons have always had plenty to offer the world in work ethic and family focus, without the SLC PR machine needing to spruce up advertising or going into hyper-speed with all-things Romney. Our weird religious doctrines are no mystery to this tech/info generation. The curiosity that I am always asked about is Joseph Smith's tweaking of historical Christianity.

As an evangelical (28 yrs) with seven generations of Mormon heritage to be proud of, I can tell you that the world is specifically curious as to how Mormons remain so successful, patriotic and growing- while retaining Smith's 19th-century aberrations.

Otherwise, they admire LDS lifestyle and devotion. Until you join the historical Protestants, you will remain an enigma to non-LDS. Don't make more of it than what is naturally there. Enjoy the positives of what you have.

moniker lewinsky
Taylorsville, UT

Oh, dear. They're talking about us again. Why do they always have to say things about us? If they want to talk about us, they should come to us and only say the things that we tell them are true about ourselves. If they say things that don't come from our own sources, it's a lie! Persecution!
Oh, dear. They've stopped talking about us. Why do they not care anymore? Are we becoming less interesting? Surely this lack of interest is a reflection on the legitimacy of our beliefs.
Oh, look! They mentioned us again! Hooray!

I wonder if this one will make the cut.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

The truth is that there is not now, nor has their ever been, a "Mormon moment". What's actually happened is that the Church has gotten so big and well established now that it can no longer be marginalized and ignored by the mainstream media. That is both good and bad, as it both makes missionary work easier and exposes the Church to more vicious attacks by the ever-growing inhabitants of the Great and Spacious Building.

GJ
Greenwood, IN

Slow news day, so write an article about Mormonism it's bound to draw plenty of commentators, most negative and a few positive. How does that song go?

It doesn't change a thing but even so, after 183 years it's nice to know.

Something like that.

ThinksIThink
SEATTLE, WA

The best thing about the Mormon Moment is that many practicing mormons learned about the history of their church. There was much I learned in the 1980's that I tried to discuss with my mormon friends. What I had to say back then went over like a Lead zeppelin. Imagine my surprise when that history found its way to the mainstream. I wanted to call all of my old friends and say "see, I was telling you the truth."

At any rate, shining the light on truth is always good in the long run. Although the Mormon Moment has slowed, I do hope that it continues to deepen and bring more of the history to light.

DCHew
Bounti, UT

Daniel 2:35.....and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

I think the idea is that this work will continue until the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ fills the whole earth. It will move from moment to moment.,,until the Lord declares our part in His work completed and He will then preach His sermon of destruction.

GaryO
Virginia Beach, VA

Maybe the Mormon Moment began in 1857.

I wonder why people assume that press attention from outside of Utah is a good thing for Mormonism.

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