LDS Church's donation to new Museum of the American Revolution totals 'roughly $2.5 million'

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  • Crossfire5 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 7:02 p.m.

    No matter what the LDS Church does, it's detractors will never be satisfied. Whenever the church comes forward with disaster relief or, in this case, donations for a national museum, it is only for the recognition",or "good PR". After many decades of humanitarian service and donations to projects such as these, the number of people who have benefited worldwide cannot be calculated!

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 20, 2017 6:43 p.m.

    The work moves forward. The various partners with FamilySearch will sure do their part in making the families turn to their fathers. This country has had to fight for it's freedoms and Philadelphia is a key to that Declaration and our Constitution today. What a blessing to have good people in government to protect our safety and the welfare of our citizens.

    Our Ancestry and our Heritage will shine in this new museum and monument for history.

    Good people do good things and show brotherly love in the city of the same.

    I am proud to be an American and served in the Army and Air Force active and reserve. Government workers in the States and Federally are great for our nation.

    The system of truth and integrity will shine forth as good people do good jobs.

    The DNA and FamilySearch processes will link up good people to our founders through diversity of nations and people for centuries.

    Thanks to the good leaders of over 200 years at all levels and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for making God's country great by serving.

  • shirl Reno, NV
    April 20, 2017 6:18 p.m.

    To mighty mite..If your marketing insight is such that you can predict strategic marketing purchases by the LDS Church or any other church or anybody else, for that matter, please advise..I want to invest.

  • Talltexasgal Plano, TX
    April 20, 2017 6:01 p.m.

    I am so glad to hear this news. This is one of the most positive things I've heard in the Deseret News regarding our Country for a long time and I'm very happy to hear this news.

    Some things in the Deseret News are distressing to me but thank you for printing this!

  • John Simpson ARLINGTON, VA
    April 20, 2017 5:57 p.m.

    To More Man -- The American Revolution preceded the establishment of the LDS Church, true, but that's the point. Without the guarantee of free exercise of religion set forth in the Bill of Rights, it's arguable that the Restoration would have been impossible, or at least much more difficult. Also, while those whom the Lord used to help restore the Church had not been born until after the Revolution, their families were very conscious of their contributions to the Patriot Cause. Samuel Smith (great grandfather of the prophet) "served six terms in the Massachusetts state legislature and twelve as a town selectman. He was chairman of the Tea Committee at Topsfield in 1773, which sustained the action of the Boston Tea Party, and he was elected to the First Provincial Congress in Massachusetts in 1774." (Encyc. of Mormonism) His son Asael Smith (the prophet's grandfather) served as a private in the War. Similarly, Joseph's maternal grandfather Solomon Mack helped with the manufacture of gunpowder, served in an artillery company, and shipped aboard a privateer during the American Revolution. (id.)

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    April 20, 2017 5:09 p.m.

    The American Revolution was instrumental in many of the rights Mormons now enjoy, including freedom to practice their religion. Encouraging future generations to appreciate those rights is a worthy cause.

    The LDS are accustomed to frivolous criticism as evidenced.

  • MoreMan San Diego, CA
    April 20, 2017 1:37 p.m.

    Yay team... but in reality, the church had nothing to do with either the Revolutionary wars (not in existence yet) or the Civil one either (Think Mormon Battalion). The Nauvoo legion was involved in the Mormon wars but it is only because of the self-patriotism of creating the great independent nation of Deseret. A 2.5 million dollar donation to gain some legitimacy ought to also come with the facts that with 15 million members this amount of PR comes and goes from the church coffers every couple of hours.

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    April 20, 2017 10:40 a.m.

    Awesome. I will visit. Going back East this summer to see several U.S. and LDS history spots. This one is now definitely on the list.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    April 20, 2017 10:16 a.m.


    If it helps to get people connecting in a significant way with their ancestors, that's great. So what if it is for marketing?

    I for one, can't wait to see it...I plan to take my family ASAP.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    April 20, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    Very nice donation, hopefully a younger generation can be helped by some accurate education, as well as a few older folks. Learning true history helps with ones outlook on their future and they become more grateful for a wonderful country to live in. And to mightymite, I quite sure you would whine about anything, even if they made a donation to you.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    April 20, 2017 9:26 a.m.

    To mightymite:

    re: "Make no mistake this was a strategic marketing purchase not a donation."

    What is your source? Do you have direct knowledge of the discussions on this topic by the Presiding Bishopric or other General Authorities of the Church? If you have insights about the motives, please cite your source(s). My guess is that your comment is rooted in vitriol, not facts, but please please show me otherwise if I am mistaken. If you don't have any real sources, then your comment is simply criticism and you have offered no analysis or support for such.

  • Gregory Hill Richboro, PA
    April 20, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    The museum is actually about a 40 minute walk from the Temple. It is closer to the Liberty Bell and the Constitution Center.

    But please come for a visit. American history comes alive here, with Constitution Hall, America's first University (courtesy of Ben Franklin), the Constitution Center and soon the Museum of the American Revolution. The Philadelphia Art Museum (worth a full day's visit by itself) is a shorter walk from the Temple, along with the Franklin Science Institute, and the country's first free library, and a "Please Touch" museum for kids. We have America's first zoo, the Phillies for baseball fans, the Eagles for football fans, the 76ers for basketball fans (not quite as good as the Jazz yet), the Flyers for hockey fans, and the Union for socceristas. The Philadelphia Orchestra is wonderful. There are some really fine restaurants (especially Italian), and (of course) the cheesesteaks for those who can indulge. Lots of food carts within a short walk of the Temple offer tasty ethnic fare (Middle Eastern, Jamaican, Mexican, Caribbean).

    Plenty to do and see here. And, of course. If you worship in LDS Temples, come worship in ours. We love it. You will too.

  • Vanceone Provo, UT
    April 20, 2017 7:46 a.m.

    Well, it is true that some people like complainers in this thread are deeply upset we ever had the revolution. After all, they want an all powerful government led by a King to dictate everything to the people, with the people nothing but slaves. It's why the Democrat party fought the civil war, to keep slaves. And why they fight now, to enslave people.

    But some of us, including the LDS church, actually believe in liberty and freedom and personal responsibility. And reminding the nation of the values and risks the Founding Fathers took is always a good thing.

  • mightymite , 00
    April 19, 2017 10:46 p.m.

    I am sure it was worth the prime advertising space. Make no mistake this was a strategic marketing purchase not a donation.

  • Why would I? Kaysville, UT
    April 19, 2017 8:20 p.m.

    Why would I not be surprised by this donation? The LDS Church believes the country was founded by divine assistance and was prophesied about in the Book of Mormon. It only makes sense to help support that point of view by help to construct this facility. It would certainly help our nation if others looked up to Diety for inspiration and direction in deciding how to act in relation to governing of others, not only in this country but around the world. I heartily applaud what they have done for Philadelphia.