Writers, online posts seek to make Mormonism's unknown known

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  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Aug. 30, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    Thanks eastcoastcoug. I agree.

    "...if we will pursue a steady course, our very example will become the most effective argument we could ever advance for the virtues of the cause with which we are associated...If we will pursue a steady course in the implementation of our religion in our own lives, we shall advance the cause more effectively than by any other means."--Gordon B. Hinckley

  • TheHOYT Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 11:41 a.m.

    "According to Voight, the couple first met in grade school, but when they met again in high school, Voight said Romney told him that he saw Ann in a different way.

    "I don't know what that means for Mormons," Voight said."

    Is anybody else confused by this? I too looked at women differently from grade school to high school, it's call hormones. Not something unique to Mormons. Seems like an odd, off-hand comment from Voight.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:39 a.m.


    Romney is running a curious campaign, saying so little about his record as Governor of Massachusetts which I see as a strength he could better exploit. Playing so heavily to his party’s base made sense as a strategy for winning the GOP nomination. I don’t see how continuing on that track now is a winning strategy for November. I’ll be listening to him tonight with great interest.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:14 a.m.


    Thank you for your comments about the difficulties Presidents have. I think the greatest contribution Presidents make is in their appointments of Judges.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 10:09 a.m.

    Discussions and explanations about the Mormons have been going on for years in blogs and now in social media. As a runner, I make daily visits to a particular online running forum. My profile states I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). I don't speak of my religion in my posts, but I do mention frequently in the context of weather and my running along the Jordan River Parkway that I'm from Utah. As a 76-year old person and runner of almost 40 years, I get a lot of respect from other forum members. Of course, online posts don't have the coverage that newspaper articles have (yet), but they're part of the conversation about Mormons. I think that, as Mormons, our purpose isn't to tell everyone about the church. Our purpose, I think, is to tell our friends and acquaintances about the church, and others who are interested will find our discussions.

  • Built2Last Provo, UT
    Aug. 30, 2012 8:37 a.m.

    @Craig Clark

    I think you paint with too broad a brush. As a lifelong Mormon, I don't consider this "the Mormon moment". It's a bit of a novelty that Mitt is LDS, but he certainly isn't making a lot of it and neither am I. Frankly, given the level of division in the country and major problems that need solving, there is as much potential for this to be a disaster for Mitt as there is for it to be a great moment. That said, I think Mitt has the ability and experience and intelligence to solve these problems. Much more so than the alternative. But if his party doesn't control the House and the Senate, he will struggle to get much done. That is the reality any presidential candidate faces in the current political climate. That is why so many feel it doesn't matter who is in the White House.

  • Phillip M Hotchkiss Malta, Mt
    Aug. 29, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    @Hutterite . I re read your statement. I see you are not LDS. I have friends who live here who are also Hutterite. I can not tell you they teach the same as your colony teaches you. If you wish to know if they have same beliefs as you do. I suggest you ask them . I have respect for them and consider the ones i know as friends the colony is just east of my property, and I see them almost every day

  • Phillip M Hotchkiss Malta, Mt
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    @ Hutterite would you please explain to me your statement. Sounds to me like my lds faith and practices is different from your lds and practices. If that is so I disagree.we are all lead by the same Prophet. Who teaches us the same thing. We all teach out of the same books. I have been to a number of LDS churches and feel the same spirt. Weather in Utah were most members are to the 40 or so who attent each week here.

  • Let's be reasonable Baghdad, 00
    Aug. 29, 2012 5:59 p.m.

    I agree with AZCoug. I like Juan and think he usually gets it right. I would love to see him walk through the temple and anchor the distinction between a meetinghouse and a Temple in his head. The more people understand, the less they hold against what they were deriding.

  • AZCoug Mesa, AZ
    Aug. 29, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    I would love to see Juan Williams invited to visit the Brigham City Temple open house. I enjoy him on Fox News and feel that he is fair and unbiased. I'm sure it would be a good thing for someone as influential as him to have a better understanding of the LDS faith and people.

  • BigRich Orem, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    As a Mormon, I hope that the LDS people will always remain distinct from the rest of the world, distinguished by righteousness, humility, and love. You can't offer something different if you're like all the other peas in the pod. I also accept that with that distinction, there will always be misconceptions by some. But in the end, those "some" and their perceptions will not be of consequence.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    Mormons are just as diverse as Americans with regards to occupations, tax brackets, family size, hobbies, politics, race, etc. etc.

    Arguably, they are more diverse than Americans given that half of them live outside the United States. Saying "Mormon" and thinking Utah descendant of 19th century handcart-ers is like saying "American" and thinking New England descendant of pilgrims. It is a mistaken generalization.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    I can see why Mitt loves Ann so much. She is warm, loving, compassionate, trustworthy, and extremely brave. Her genuineness came through as well.

    Watch the Dems demonize her and her husband for the next two months. In truth, the Romneys are good, decent people, and it shows. I'd like to see someone honest in the White House with a proven record of success in business! I hope people aren't deceived again with the smears.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 1:25 p.m.

    Mormonism, outside of utah, is just another religion. They all claim to be legitimate. Humility shouldn't be that hard to maintain, again as I said...except here.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 29, 2012 11:55 a.m.

    For Americans, Mitt Romney is just the latest major Presidential candidate in a long string that goes back more than two centuries. For Mormons, he’s a lot more. Latter-day Saints have invested themselves emotionally on a deep level in this election. They speak of the Mormon moment. The very thought was unthinkable in 1830 when the Book of Mormon was presented to an incredulous world.

    Why does it matter so much to Mormons? It’s not difficult to see why. Mormon followers of ‘peep-stone Joe’ were scorned as pitiful fools practicing a religion that the world did not take seriously or regard as legitimate. No longer social outcasts, the challenge ahead for them today might very well be maintaining some semblance of humility.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 29, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    Millions of people in the US just met their first Mormon last night, when Ann Romney spoke. She hit it out of the park. I think a lot of people said to themselves: "She's just a normal person" and understood when speaking of Mitt not wanting to brag about his good deeds.

    This is really instructive to see how helpful it is for others to understand our faith, when we lead good lives and people know that we are LDS. We just need to be the best we can and reach out to people around us, not worrying about whether we are liked.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 29, 2012 9:42 a.m.


    "This is the same Jon Voight who, when shamelessly promoting the failed "September Dawn", went on television stating how well researched and truthful the movie was. Sigh."

    I had that exact same thought seeing Voight there. His portrayal of a Mormon bishop as a raving religious fanatic was right out of 19th century anti-Mormon hysteria. September Dawn is a perfect example of why moviegoers should not try to get their history from a Hollywood movie.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 29, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    This is the same Jon Voight who, when shamelessly promoting the failed "September Dawn", went on television stating how well researched and truthful the movie was. Sigh.