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?
YOu guys don’t live Christ’s teachings. You draw near to the Lord with your lips, but your hearts are far from him.
Sounds like an excellent venue for you to brush off your “better than thou” schtick.
2 Pet 2:1
2 Tim 3:8
2 Tim 4:3,4
Of course, We evangelists don’t know our bibles.
Glad you could weigh in Count....
So tell me, Count....what exactly does the Bible teach about mormonism?
BTW...you forgot to use the word..."bigot".
I am with you. A cult is a cult is a cult. Mormons are NOT
Christian though they claim to be saints of our Lord Jesus Christ. They do not believe that Jesus is the son of the living God. Rather than the Bible they have the Book of Mormon, as stated above. Like the Muslims have the Koran. The two religions are closely aligned in many ways, separated only by the degree of violent persuasion.
God loves these badly misguided people.
But, as Mormons, they definitely shoud not be the leaders of a country!
Pray for these people to wake up before it is too late.
Ahh...the Count...mind reads!!
Why in the heck...do you all sound like Resty?
I’m just trying to defend from these ignorant attacks that seem to come up alot by Freepers.. people who I would often agree with on many conservative principles.
THere are good things in other religions, probably much good in yours(whatever that is), but it’s my testimony to you that the Bible alone does not contain the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
You probably haven’t read the Book of Mormon. If you have, you have read it the way DUers read articles about conservative principles.
No religion that denies the Book of Mormon can be true. Jesus Christ brought forth this book. You are rejecting something you don’t understand.
Hey CC. Pretty cute! ;o)
Wow, that’s coincidental....
I’ll don my white gloves and try them in stereo.
Wait? You don’t know the answer to this?
LDS is the superior and perfect religion.
That’s what I was told.
You did notice the use of the word “testimony”?
Must be a holy truth...
>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.<
Oh yeah? You are obviously not one of us.
Aye, a direct revelation without an original writings, that is one similarity.
Ablutions before Temple ceremonies,
Blood oath (no longer used) "may I be cut from ear to ear",
"Moon Stones" in the Temple architecture.
In short: a North Americanization of Islam.
“They have no idea what Christianity and Bible teachings really are.”
Apparently you do not know either...
“..but its my testimony to you that the Bible alone does not contain the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Your testimony and a dollar might buy a cup of joe at McDonalds, but it doesn’t validate Joe Smith in the least.
The book of mormon contradicts the Bible, so there ain’t no fullness there.
If you want to specifically point out exactly what the added “Fullness” is and exactly where it is revealed,
feel free to post.
Of course, your claim so far has no facts, evidence or logic and is just a wild claim.
Okay, I have this mental image of Elder David Naughton dancing around town singing “I’m a Mormon, he’s a Mormon, she’s a Mormon, we’re a Mormon, wouldn’t you like to be a Mormon too?”...is that wrong?
All I want is for one of the moderators to ask Romney if he has a name in mind for the planet he will be God of someday?
The Bible says take nothing awayfrom it,nor add to it. In other words the Bible, itself, is the only word of God.
The book of Mormon was written by a fellow who was likely hallucinatng, poor guy. Joseph Smith even likened himself to Mohammad, Count. Romney is like a 32nd degree Mason. He knows what it is all about because he is a Temple Mormon. Until the members of the organization reach that level, they know nothing. I have friends who are Mormons. They are generally a very sweet people. But they are so terribly misled!
I think Jesus would say the same thing. He came to teach the Jews they were errant in their concept of the Holy Father. God loved us so much he sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins, to pay the price so we have everlasting life with Him clean as snow from our sins.
I’ve read the BOM twice, with pens and markers to take notes and highlight stuff.
Second time through, I marked all of the word for word extractions from the KJV, including the italicized words, which did not exist until the 1600’s.
I also have the 1830 edition, before the 3913 changes, not including spelling and punctuation.
Weakest literature this side of Dianetics.
>In short, a North Amerixanization of Islam.<
You now, in all the years I’ve studied Mormon history and theology, there’s one very simple yet fundamental question that’s never occured to me until now (insert Homer Simpson moment here). I would genuinely like to hear the response of an LDS member to the following:
I know that many “plain and precious things” are believed by LDS to have been lost from the Bible prior to the establishment of your church. Since D&C/Pearl of Great Price are regarded as new revelations and/or supplemental historical material, then what “plain and precious things” were restored within the Book of Mormon if it does contain the “fullness of the gospel”?
“No religion that denies the Book of Mormon can be true. Jesus Christ brought forth this book. You are rejecting something you dont understand.”
I gagged my way though the book or morons to see what all of the folks around me in SE Idaho were so excited about.
Jesus Christ and joe smith have absolutely NOTHING in common. The former was the Son of God, the latter was a con-man and a philanderer. Lil’ joe’s followers have been conned in to a cult and the men WISH they could still be philanderers (and many of them are).
Please don’t get your magic underwear in a knot reading what I have posted. Facts are facts. Deal with it.
The ads say nothing about their faith...they simply try to portray ordinary people as Mormons. The content of their faith is totally absent...pointless.
In other words, the ad campaign is a bait and switch scam.
(Signed...a FREEPER poster masquerading as y'all omniscient personal holy spirit)
From the article above: "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."
Click the link below to read one of these ads. Note that it is all about "the church". Jeff is thrilled and honored to be a member, and as an afterthought says, "I am a devout Christian"...yet the only mention of Jesus Christ in this testimony is in the name of the church.
Click on more of the links furnished...you will find this theme repeated again and again..."The church is all about family". Not Christ.
Sorry, can’t hear you.
I’m a Christian and you are Christian. A distinctly closed society as noted by the possessive and objectified form of describing yourself in a manner that plagiarizes and attempts to co-opt the larger body of Christ.
Your opinion doesn’t matter. Smile!
Run all the ads you want.
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