Skip to comments.Latter-day Saints launch "I'm a Mormon" ad campaign
Posted on 10/02/2011 7:00:18 PM PDT by delacoert
"The Book of Mormon" debuted this year as a Broadway hit that won nine Tonys, and the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination features not one, but two candidates of the Mormon faith.
Now the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is launching a major expansion of its "I'm a Mormon" advertising campaign, which, church officials say, seeks to educate the public and dispel myths about one of the fastest-growing religions in the world.
Beginning this week, a dozen U.S. cities in seven states will be targeted by the Salt Lake City-based church with ads on television, city buses and billboards inviting visitors to the church's website to learn about its beliefs and followers.
Users who log onto mormon.org can see profiles of Mormons from various walks of life, chat with church members and learn about Mormon practices, such as the prohibition against consuming alcohol, coffee and tea.
"Many people are not familiar with our faith, and that can sometimes lead to misconceptions," said David Evans, an elder who oversees the church's global network of 52,000 missionaries. "The best way to understand Mormons is to meet them and get to know them personally. These ads are an invitation to do that."
The church, boasting a membership of 14 million worldwide, including 6 million U.S. followers, has gained new attention in the American mainstream this year from Broadway to the White House campaign trail.
Public opinion polls in recent years have shown large blocs of Americans hold an unfavorable view of the religion, whose image problems are partly rooted in the faith's historical connection with polygamy.
An early tenant of the Mormon faith, plural marriage was renounced by the church more than a century ago, although it is still practiced by members of some breakaway sects.
That legacy has
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The campaign first surfaced in several other U.S. cities last year, including New York City.
While two Republican presidential hopefuls, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, are Mormon, their White House aspirations are coincidental to the church's outreach effort, Hawkins said.
I have a number of Mormon friends. Knew many while I lived in NM.
I will never vote for Mitt Romney for anything and it has absolutely nothing to do with his Mormonism. Romney is an Obozo mini meme.....FRAUD
I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK.
I’d vote for a lumberjack, no hesitation.
If it comes down to either 0bama or Romney, I would probably bite half my tongue off while pulling the lever for Mitt Romney.
I have said in the past that there is no way I would do this, but 4 more years of the Marxist Zer0 & gang will surely be the end of our country.
Pray for America.
I’m a Mormon and I’m OK
I have a different wife for every day
I make lots of kids
I have lots of figures
on me under-ies
I wish I had the money
John Smith got from his dummies
I pretend to be Christian
I invent lots of stuff
Never seen in the Bible
If Christ vane back this Thursday
I’d be sued for libel
(you guys can help write the rest...)
Doggone spell check didn’t know my fingers were off one key...
WORLDLY religions hire PR agencies to portray themselves as what they’re not...
The more "familiar I get with mormonism, the more convinced I am that it's not so much a "faith" but a cult.
Won’t that dull the chain, putting it in the dirt and leaning on it?
Relax, Romney will not get the Republican Nomination.
They have one too many "m's" in there.
As a matter of fact, they have. Read about the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Here’s a great thread for the “Christians” to demonstrate their faith and love of for their fellow man.
Some of the most hateful and bitter stuff comes from Freeper Evangelists on this board. They have no idea what Christianity and Bible teachings really are.
Public opinion polls in recent years have shown large blocs of Americans hold an unfavorable view of the religion, whose image problems are partly rooted in the faith’s historical connection with polygamy.
Actually it’s larger problem lies with how it was created by the con-man Joseph Smith and the apparant fact that a lot of otherwise nice people are stupid enough to fall for that BS.
I’ve been trough cripple creek many times, but don’t do the casino thing.
My favorite part of CO is Ouray. It is beautiful all over the Western Slope and I like the natives (except in the tourista traps).
Colorado in general is not too fond of Texans. Think it is an oil envy thing. Now they have shale oil around Rifle and that may change. hee hee hee
“They have no idea what Christianity and Bible teachings really are.”
And Mormons do?
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