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  • In 2008, Will It Be Mormon in America?

    05/28/2005 11:26:17 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 144 replies · 3,285+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 6, 2005 | Terry Eastland
    Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ponders a presidential bid.YOU REMEMBER, OR PERHAPS you don't, Sen. Orrin Hatch's 2000 presidential campaign. The senator talks about it in soft inflections, recalling this event and that debate. But especially he talks about what motivated him to run. Hatch, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, cites polling data from 1999 suggesting that 17 percent of Americans wouldn't vote for a Mormon for president under any circumstances. "One reason I ran was to knock down the prejudicial wall that exists" against Mormons, he says. "I wanted to make it easier for...
  • Free Republic "Bump List" Register

    09/30/2001 4:46:44 AM PDT · by John Robinson · 191 replies · 12,118+ views
    I have created a public register of "bump lists" here on Free Republic. I define a bump list as a name listed in the "To" field used to index articles. Free Republic Bump List Register
  • President of The LDS Church expresses support for the war in Iraq (and denounces civil disobedience)

    04/06/2003 11:24:52 AM PDT · by Grig · 42 replies · 667+ views
    President Gordon B. Hickley just addressed the entire church in a General Conference. I heard his speech, he said we have an obligation to fight tyrants and cited examples in LDS scripture of wars to preserve freedom and liberty that were justifed in God's eyes. He also told the members of the church to NOT engage in any civil disobedience and to respect the law of the nation they live in. A transcript of his speech will be online later and I'll post it then (unless someone beats me to it)
  • ACLU Calls for Plaza Judgment

    01/13/2003 11:05:18 AM PST · by Utah Girl · 10 replies · 214+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1/13/2003 | HEATHER MAY
    What was supposed to be a routine court order in the Main Street Plaza case has turned into anything but. After the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in October that speech and behavior restrictions on the plaza are unconstitutional because of the city's easement, the Denver-based court ordered U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart to enter a judgment essentially telling the city to apply the decision. Stewart has not yet issued the judgment and the city and LDS Church are trying to delay it. To the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, that means the city is trying to...
  • ACLU may seek fence for plaza (gag alert)

    12/19/2002 3:31:33 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 21 replies · 320+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 12/19/2002 | Brady Snyder
    The American Civil Liberties Union for Utah may attempt to force the LDS Church to put a fence around the Main Street Plaza. "The irony is — depending on how this goes — that we might be the ones pressing them to put up gates and make this thing look like it's more private and actually have less public access," said Dani Eyer, executive director for the ACLU for Utah. And in another plaza twist, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could be required to spend several hundred thousand dollars, in addition to the 2.1 acres of land...
  • (Salt Lake City) Council hails Rocky's plaza plan

    12/18/2002 2:06:19 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 13 replies · 282+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 12/18/2002 | Brady Snyder
    Salt Lake City Council members seem ready to approve Mayor Rocky Anderson's land-swap proposal to resolve the Main Street Plaza controversy. Travis Bird addresses the Salt Lake City Council during a public hearing to discuss the Main Street Plaza issue on Tuesday night.Keith Johnson, Deseret News The plan would give the city two acres of LDS Church-owned land on the city's west side in exchange for the city's easement through the plaza. The swap would allow the church, which bought a block of Main Street from the city three years ago and turned it into a pedestrian plaza, to restrict...
  • No Main Street Plaza resolution (Salt Lake City & LDS church)

    12/11/2002 2:20:47 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 21 replies · 391+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 12/11/2002 | Brady Snyder
    The Salt Lake City Council has decided to hire another outside attorney, this one to examine Mayor Rocky Anderson's recently released "time, place and manner" restrictions for Main Street Plaza. Former Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini testifies at hearing that she knew little about the specifics of the Main Street Plaza deal. Tom Smart, Deseret News The council wants to discover if an independent lawyer thinks the restrictions are too rigid to be constitutional or if the rules could be even more stringent. Following its much-hyped Main Street Plaza "fact-finding" hearing, the council decided to allocate $4,000 to $5,000 to...
  • (Salt Lake City) Council gears up to review (Main Street) plaza fray

    12/10/2002 3:28:23 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 8 replies · 277+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 12/10/2002 | Brady Snyder
    As if the Salt Lake City Council hadn't had enough public comment about the Main Street Plaza — it received 2,067 telephone calls Friday and more than 2,100 Monday — 11 current and former community leaders were to testify Tuesday night at a special "fact-finding" hearing. Whoever gains control of a public easement through the plaza will also get to control speech and conduct there. Mayor Rocky Anderson wants the city to keep the easement. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which bought a block of Main Street from the city three years ago and built the pedestrian...
  • Mormon, GOP Link Doomed Democrats (in 2002 elections)

    12/06/2002 11:41:01 AM PST · by Utah Girl · 34 replies · 351+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/6/2002 | DAN HARRIE
    The worst news for Utah Democrats coming out of last month's election may not be that they lost, but that the tight bond between Mormon voters and the Republican Party would appear to guarantee Democratic frustration into the foreseeable future. Seventy-five percent of Utah voters in the Nov. 5 election were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and an overwhelming majority of them voted for Republicans, according to new exit-poll results. Pollster Dan Jones presented a bleak postmortem Thursday to a gathering of 30 or so Democratic Party insiders, and the religion-related statistics were the most...
  • (Salt Lake City) Mayor to Float Plaza Plan

    12/06/2002 11:21:30 AM PST · by Utah Girl · 25 replies · 468+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/6/2002 | HEATHER MAY
    Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson will release his much-awaited proposed solution for the Main Street Plaza dilemma today. While he won't divulge the proposal until 3 p.m., he acknowledged Thursday it doesn't satisfy the LDS Church, which is still calling for the city to relinquish its easement through the property and is placing its hope for a resolution with the U.S. Supreme Court or the City Council, which believes it can get rid of the easement. "We've been working to the point of exhaustion on a proposal that I believed would bring everybody together and put this matter behind...
  • (LDS) Church appeals Main Street Plaza ruling

    11/15/2002 12:53:59 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 127 replies · 648+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 11/15/2002 | Brady Snyder
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says a federal appeals court has trampled the church's rights to worship and protect its property, so it will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect those rights. Complete court ruling(1.6 meg PDF)Requires Adobe Acrobat. The LDS Church responded quickly Thursday to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals' refusal to rehear the Main Street Plaza case, announcing it would appeal its case to the nation's highest court. Among the reasons the church gave for the appeal was that its "first freedom" — the right to free religious worship — was being...
  • Rocky viewed as plaza profiteer: LDS Church lawyers hint he can't resist a 'windfall'

    10/28/2002 1:29:58 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 23 replies · 300+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 10/28/2002 | Brady Snyder
    Mayor Rocky Anderson may be having a hard time turning down a free public park, lawyers for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say. And that, not public access, may be the reason for the mayor's decision not to relinquish a city easement through Main Street Plaza, church lawyers say. Without the easement, the church can't restrict speech and conduct on the one-block section of Main Street it purchased three years ago for $8.1 million. In court documents filed earlier this week, church attorneys suggested the mayor was acting more as a profiteer than a crusader for fairness....
  • Does Brigham Young University pose a threat to academic freedom?

    10/27/2002 8:42:18 AM PST · by madprof98 · 73 replies · 556+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/27/02 | Scott Abbot
    <p>BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY, founded in 1875, stands on a foothill overlooking Utah Valley, overshadowed by the sharp peaks of the Wasatch Range. It has approximately 30,000 students, ample funding, and a keen desire to ''stand as a beacon to the world.'' The university's mission statement declares: ''The intellectual range of a BYU education is the result of an ambitious commitment to pursue truth. Members of the BYU community rigorously study academic subjects in the light of divine truth.'' In many remarkable ways, the faculty and students of BYU live up to this ideal. The devil, however - and Mormons believe in him - lies in the details. What is truth? Does its pursuit allow diverse opinions on subjects of widespread concern?</p>
  • LDS Church can't restrict speech on plaza, appeals court rules

    10/09/2002 5:46:51 PM PDT · by LakerCJL · 13 replies · 255+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 10/09/2002 | AP
    LDS Church can't restrict speech on plaza, appeals court rules Associated Press       The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cannot restrict free speech on the sidewalks that run through its plaza on the city's Main Street, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Wednesday.       The court held that the sidewalks are a traditional public forum and restrictions on free speech on those sidewalks are unconstitutional. The sidewalks that used to line the former block of Main Street currently are open to pedestrians but not open to free speech.    ...
  • Utah abuzz over 1857 mountain massacre

    09/20/2002 11:04:43 PM PDT · by hoosierskypilot · 31 replies · 225+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/21/02 | C.G. Wallace
    <p>SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly a century and a half after California-bound pioneers were slaughtered by Mormon settlers and their Indian allies, a new book blaming the massacre on church leader Brigham Young is causing a sensation in the Mormon community. Church historians vehemently disagree with the premise of "Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows." But author Will Bagley says circumstantial evidence points to Young's involvement. "Claiming that Brigham Young had nothing to do with Mountain Meadows is akin to arguing that Abraham Lincoln had nothing to do with the Civil War," Mr. Bagley writes. "His own words reveal that both before and after the massacre, Brigham Young recognized the likely results of his acts." On the shelves since late August, Mr. Bagley's book is a best seller in Salt Lake City, headquarters of the Mormon Church. Sam Weller's Books, which specializes in Western and Mormon history, has sold more than 400 copies, said store manager Dennis Evans. "I have not seen anything quite like it in terms of [Mormon] history," Mr. Evans said. On the heels of Mr. Bagley's work, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now is planning to publish its own book on the killings. This comes after years of church leaders insisting that the Sept. 11, 1857, massacre should be a closed chapter in Utah history. Author Richard Turley, the church's chief historian, said his book will make clear that Brigham Young did not plan the murders. The victims of the Mountain Meadows massacre were a group of men, women and children on their way from Arkansas to California. Mr. Young at the time was the church's prophet and president, its second, and the man who brought the faith's headquarters to the West in 1847 after founder Joseph Smith was murdered in Illinois. Under Young's leadership, the territory that would become Utah operated as a "theo-democracy." Ten years after the Mormons arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, however, the Army was preparing to squelch Utah's resistance to federal control and its practice of polygamy, Mr. Bagley writes. As troops drew closer, Utah trained its own military and stockpiled guns, ammunition and food. In the midst of growing war hysteria, wagon trains continued to move through the territory on the way to California, including the pioneers from northwest Arkansas. About the same time, tales also began to spread about the death of a Mormon leader, Parley Pratt, in Arkansas. Rumors made their way around Utah that members of the Arkansas wagon train were involved. Mr. Bagley, who writes a state history column for the Salt Lake Tribune, said this coincidence helped seal the pioneers' fates. "Brigham Young considered this a righteous act of vengeance," said Mr. Bagley. But he said Young also wanted to send a message to the United States that he controlled the road to California. Mr. Bagley said the massacre was planned and organized before the Arkansas group — traveling through Utah from north to south — reached the southern part of the territory. The Mormon settlers and Indians ambushed the wagon train of 40 men, 30 women and 70 children. The pioneers circled their wagons and dug in, surrendering days later when the Mormon settlers promised them safety if they disarmed. Instead, the Mormon militia and Indians killed them. Seventeen children under the age of 7 were spared and adopted into the community. It wasn't until two decades after the murders that anyone was held accountable for the slaughter: John D. Lee, whom Mr. Bagley and many others believe was the Mormon Church's scapegoat. Moments before a firing squad executed Mr. Lee, the condemned man sat on the edge of his coffin and denounced Young. "'I studied to make this man's will my pleasure for 30 years. See, now, what I have come to this day! I have been sacrificed in a cowardly, dastardly manner,'" Mr. Bagley quotes Mr. Lee as saying. Mr. Turley announced in May he was writing his own chronicle of the massacre. His book, to be titled "Tragedy at Mountain Meadows," is tentatively set for publication in 2003 by the Oxford University Press. Mr. Turley maintains Young had no part in the massacre, calling it an independent plan by an isolated group of settlers. Those in southwest Utah had heard stories about the bad behavior of the approaching wagon train. The community, however, was divided about what to do with the travelers, and decided to send a message to Salt Lake City and ask Brigham Young for guidance, Mr. Turley said. But before the messenger could leave, the emigrants were ambushed.</p>
  • Y. happy to take on language 'initiative'

    09/03/2002 1:03:54 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 3 replies · 199+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 9/3/2002 | Jeffrey P. Haney
    PROVO - Here's the mission, if you choose to accept it: Track the clean-cut student quietly living in Provo, preparing for a linchpin post in national security. Code name: Cougar. Sound far-fetched? Brigham Young University doesn't mind. BYU pays scant attention to protests by some scholars over an initiative by an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense to use colleges as training grounds for future federal workers who can court international diplomats or crack foreign military codes. The university eagerly embraces its new role as one of four "flagship" schools to lead education initiatives in languages considered critical to...
  • FBI taps Mormon for post

    07/11/2002 6:41:25 AM PDT · by hchutch · 109 replies · 707+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 11, 2001 | Jeery Seper
    <p>The FBI, in the midst of a massive reorganization in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, yesterday hired the top information and communications official of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as its new chief information officer.</p>
  • Nauvoo Temple dedication spurs torrent of tears, joy

    06/29/2002 10:28:16 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 97 replies · 179+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 6/29/2002 | <>
    NAUVOO, Ill. — Memorializing the sacrifices of early Latter-day Saints and their martyred leaders, President Gordon B. Hinckley presided Thursday at what many believe will be the largest dedication ceremony ever held for one of the faith's temples. Crowds line up for the Nauvoo Temple's first dedication session Thursday afternoon. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News With a worldwide audience of faithful members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 72 nations joining via satellite, the first of 13 dedicatory sessions was held Thursday at the approximate hour that church founder Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were...
  • LDS Ads The Message: Family First

    06/15/2002 9:32:54 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 2 replies · 125+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 6/15/2002 | CHRISTOPHER SMITH
    One of the most successful broadcast advertising campaigns has never paid for a minute of commercial airtime. It's never used celebrity pitchmen, sexy models, catchy jingles or bawdy humor. No Madison Avenue ad agencies, focus groups or test markets. Yet since 1972, a series of sentimental vignettes promoting family togetherness produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has defied programmers' inherent reluctance to give a religious group free airtime as part of television and radio stations' public service obligation. The campaign has beat out such powerhouses as Coke and Nike for national advertising awards and become a...
  • Foes of cove sale rely on bogus claim

    05/29/2002 1:42:06 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 16 replies · 219+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/29/2002 | Lee Davidson
    A bogus claim is becoming a main weapon to fight selling the federally owned Martin's Cove - the Wyoming site where many Mormon handcart pioneers froze and died in 1856 - to the LDS Church. The misleading claim is: The sale would create precedent to allow Indians or other religious groups also to obtain federal lands they consider sacred. Some environmental and preservation groups worry aloud that it could lead to the sale of Devil's Tower or Medicine Wheel in Wyoming to tribes that consider them sacred, much as Mormons consider Martin's Cove sacred. That worries many Wyoming groups and...

    05/13/2002 1:49:32 PM PDT · by ANAGM · 66 replies · 773+ views
  • Martin's Cove effort lands ally

    05/02/2002 10:36:23 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 1 replies · 209+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/2/2002 | Lee Davidson
    Congressman says LDS Church would be best caretaker Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., is a survivor of the Nazi holocaust against Jews. To honor another religious group that faced adversity, Tuesday he became the first non-LDS member of Congress to formally back selling Martin's Cove in Wyoming to the LDS Church.       That is where a handcart company of Mormon pioneers was stranded in 1856. Many froze or starved before rescuers from Utah finally reached them.       Lantos' support comes just before a field hearing Saturday in Casper, Wyo., on a bill by Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah,...
  • Nauvoo Temple: New centerpiece rises in the 'city beautiful'

    05/02/2002 10:09:13 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 7 replies · 193+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/2/2002 | Carrie A. Moore
    The "city beautiful" is coming of age — and quickly. The newly reconstructed Nauvoo Temple sits on the same site as the original temple.Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News       With a modern population equivalent to only 10 percent of the 12,000 people who settled this former swamp in the 19th century, Nauvoo will experience a new influx of people come Monday. That's when the first wave of 350,000 visitors is to arrive for the beginning of a six-week open house for the newly reconstructed Nauvoo Temple, whose presence atop a hill west of the town's business district matches...
  • Nauvoo Temple ? a vision of the past

    05/01/2002 7:30:24 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 15 replies · 146+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 5/1/2002 | Carrie A. Moore
    Local residents and the media get tour before open house After six years of construction, much of it guarded at gunpoint by pioneer craftsmen, the LDS Church's original Nauvoo Temple was dedicated 156 years ago today as most of its constituency had already been forced to migrate West. Members of the media are escorted into the 54,000-square-foot LDS temple in Nauvoo, Ill.Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News       Yet its descendant stands today on the same plot and in much the same form as the original, greeting scores of reporters and cameramen here Wednesday for their first tour of...
  • Utah Schools Praised for Religious Freedom

    04/30/2002 10:25:50 AM PDT · by summer · 45 replies · 506+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 30, 2002 | HEather May
    Utah Schools Praised for Religious Freedom Tuesday, April 2000 BY HEATHER MAY THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE To Utahns who sometimes feel alienated living in a state dominated by one faith, this might sound strange: The Beehive state is considered a leader in promoting religious liberty in its public classrooms. Instead of shying away from discussing religion and the tensions that sometimes rise between people of different faiths, some Utah educators are teaching their students about various world faiths and how to engage in religious debate civilly and respectfully. Meanwhile, teachers in other states struggle to bring up the topic at...
  • Lets Rebuild The Temple!...Israel Accepts the AntiChrist, But.....

    04/16/2002 1:47:05 AM PDT · by antidemocommie · 97 replies · 795+ views ^ | 4/16/02 | AntiDemoCommie
    We certainly are at the potential dawn of a new age! Israel has produced a perfect Red Heifer. With this cow, it will now be possible to enter the temple grounds. By entering the Temple grounds, it will now be possible to begin the rebuilding of the Temple. Or the 3rd Temple as predicted in the Bible. It is also possible to produce endless numbers of Red Heifers now that one perfect cow has been produced. Genetic carbon copies are as easy to produce, now. We know that according to scripture, the AntiChrist will sit down in the Holy of...

    04/20/2002 7:55:22 AM PDT · by restornu · 26 replies · 212+ views
    M E R I D I A N M A G A Z I N E ^ | 2002 AD | by George Potter
    Brother George Potter has lived in Arabia for 9 years. During the last 6 years he has explored Lehi’s trail. His discoveries can be viewed at Nephi project The fear of God and a score of other emotions filled my heart as I started climbing the mountain. It was a hot Arabian afternoon in May 1995. Our destination was the alleged cave where Elijah heard the still small voice of God. The question kept crossing my mind, “Are we the first LDS to step onto the real Mount Sinai?” If so, Craig Thorsted, Tom Culler and I were ascending the...

    04/18/2002 8:38:36 PM PDT · by restornu · 10 replies · 263+ views
    MERIDIAN MAGAZINE ^ | 2002 AD | by Melissa Proctor
    Why Read the Least Understood Book Once every four years we are assigned to study the Old Testament in Sunday School and to some that seems like too often. Though it is a book that is revered by the world, it is the least read and least understood book of scripture among members of the Church. Perhaps this is because we often think of the Book of Mormon as the record of scripture that is our contribution to Christendom, and that the Book of Mormon is what sets us apart. We see the Book of Mormon as written specifically for...
  • 2 apostles assigned to live outside U.S.

    04/11/2002 12:53:45 PM PDT · by TheDon · 7 replies · 200+ views
    Deseret News ^ | April 10, 2002 | Carrie A. Moore
    2 apostles assigned to live outside U.S. By Carrie A. MooreDeseret News religion editor       In a move to shepherd the growth and future of the LDS Church in the Philippines and Chile, Elders Dallin H. Oaks and Jeffrey R. Holland — both apostles — have been assigned to those nations, respectively, to serve as area presidents for one year beginning in August. Jeffrey R. Holland       Announcement of new assignments for the two, each a member of the church's Quorum of the Twelve and a former president of Brigham Young University, came during a training...
  • Do Music and Movies Corrupt U.S. Kids?

    03/28/2002 10:06:26 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 52 replies · 2,158+ views
    FOX ^ | 3/28/02
    <p>From Britney Spears' sexy gyrations to Marilyn Manson's violent lyrics, American kids contend with a barrage of explicit images every day.</p> <p>But should children be protected from such sensory assaults? And if so, who has that responsibility?</p> <p>Many artists say that burden lies with parents. Others believe entertainment industry executives should more strictly police their products. Most experts say the responsibility must be shared.</p>
  • Man who threatened apostle running for Congress

    03/16/2002 9:44:52 AM PST · by Some hope remaining. · 37 replies · 357+ views
    Man who threatened apostle running for Congress The Associated Press on Saturday, March 16 The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY -- A man who threatened an LDS Church official with a fake bomb nine years ago and spent time in a psychiatric hospital declared his candidacy on Friday for the 1st Congressional District. Cody Judy filed as a Democrat for the 1st District seat Jim Hansen is vacating. He is the second Democrat to file for the spot. Seven Republicans also have filed. The filing deadline is Monday. On Feb. 7, 1993, Judy stormed a meeting of 17,000 members of...
  • Temple Reveals Secrets Of The One God

    03/08/2002 6:52:21 AM PST · by blam · 50 replies · 657+ views
    Daily Star (Lebenese News) ^ | 3-7-2002 | Stephanie Saldana
    Temple reveals secrets of the one God Archaeologists believe they have uncovered origins of monotheism in northern Jordan Stephanie Saldana Daily Star Staff AMMAN: In a remote corner of Jordan, archaeologists have uncovered a room that may transform the way we think about God. Its massive stones still clinging to the damp hills of the Jordan River Valley, the Migdol Temple at first appears to be little more than an ancient network of fortified walls. Yet when Jordanian and Australian archaeologists working at the site of ancient Pella began piecing it together in 1997, it didn’t take them long to ...
  • News Media Put LDS at Center Stage

    02/28/2002 12:37:16 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 50 replies · 728+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 2/28/2002 | PEGGY FLETCHER STACK
    The 2002 Winter Olympic Games may not have been the "Molympics," as many had feared, but the state's other religions received barely a mention by the 10,000 visiting journalists and only in passing. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on the other hand, got a boatload of free publicity. In the days leading up to the Feb. 8 Opening Ceremony, LDS media officials received more than 2,000 phone calls as reporters from all over the world scrambled to produce at least one "Mormon" story. In the days that followed, the LDS Church was mentioned in about 100 stories ...
  • Mormon leader 'ordered massacre of settlers'

    02/26/2002 4:19:25 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 233 replies · 1,051+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 02/27/2002 | Oliver Poole
    A CONFESSION etched on a newly discovered lead sheet has shaken the Mormon Church by linking its revered leader, Brigham Young, with one of the worst massacres in American history. The note claims that the founder of Salt Lake City ordered the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre, when a wagon train of 120 settlers, mostly women and children, were killed after they had thrown down their weapons on a promise of safe passage. The Church of the Latter-Day Saints, as Mormons are properly known, first tried to blame Indians for the slaughter but after huge pressure from the federal government, John ...
  • Tabernacle Choir has been a shining star at Games

    02/20/2002 2:02:54 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 33 replies · 354+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | 2/20/2002 | Doug Robinson
    Who has moved more hearts, shown more endurance, spent more time on the platform and inspired more tears during these Winter Olympics than . . . . . . the Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Dear Choir; What a fabulous honor it was to sing with you at the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. If I could've given you all a hug, believe me I would have. God bless you all. Love, Sting. Feb. 13, Florence, Italy That's the way it's been for two weeks &#151; one heartfelt review after another. Who knew? You figure the choir should've gone out of style ...
  • LDS Church Now 5th Largest in U.S.

    02/19/2002 3:34:03 PM PST · by tracer · 20 replies · 247+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2002 | Carrie A. Moore
    An annual survey of church demographics released this week shows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is now the fifth-largest denomination in the United States. But a top LDS leader doesn't expect a growth spurt because of attention to the faith during the Olympics. "I don't think we'll see a great surge in convert baptism but a great surge of better understanding and appreciation for what the Mormon Church really is," said Elder M. Russell Ballard of the church's Council of the Twelve Apostles. The National Council of Churches' 2002 "Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches," believed by ...
  • The Evolution of Religion

    02/13/2002 1:35:52 PM PST · by JediGirl · 23 replies · 1,202+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 2-08-2002
    Toby Lester, the author of "Oh, Gods!" in the February Atlantic, talks about the Darwinian way in which religions evolve and mutate.hen Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses upon the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, in 1517, he could hardly have imagined that he would succeed in spawning a new, Protestant branch of the Christian Church. He would also no doubt be surprised if he could see the direction Protestantism has taken in the past 500 years. What would Luther think if he were somehow to visit the state of Utah, essentially a homeland for the Mormon church—a ...
  • Mormons won't use Olympics to recruit

    02/03/2002 1:50:57 PM PST · by Willie Green · 13 replies · 316+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun -- Weekend Edition ^ | February 01, 2002 | Stacy J. Willis
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Mormon leader Brigham Young prophesied that someday "kings and emperors and the noble and wise" would visit his church's homeland, return to their nations and spread word of the faith. When Salt Lake City was awarded the Olympics, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Gordon B. Hinckley said it was the fulfillment of that prophesy. But now it seems the church known for proselyting has decided the best way to improve its image worldwide is by refraining from preaching to the tourists. It's a decision that Mormons in Las ...
  • An Olympic Challenge: Counter Mormon Image

    01/31/2002 1:27:53 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 21 replies · 289+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/28/2002 | William Booth
    Rocky Anderson, mayor of the city that will host the Winter Olympics next month, includes in his official press package an article he wrote about his happy hours pub-crawling with members of "the astoundingly beautiful Utah Bikini Team." Why was the mayor playing foosball at brew gardens with the current Mrs. Utah and her gal pals? It seems Anderson faces an unusual public relations challenge: how to convince the world that his city is not a Dullsville populated by teetotaling missionaries in skinny ties and sensible shoes. When Anderson met recently with a group of international journalists, they kept ...
  • Utah Mormons Wary of World Opinion (Winter Olympics)

    01/14/2002 8:40:14 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 6 replies · 508+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1/14/2002 | JULIE CART
    &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;When the Salt Lake Winter Olympics unfold next month, the world will see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir starring at the Opening Ceremony, the Mormon Temple soaring above the nightly medals presentation, and a Mormon bishop, the Games' affable organizer, welcoming athletes and guests from all over the globe. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The XIX Winter Olympics will be a showcase for Salt Lake City and the institution that dominates the city -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormons are formally known. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; But the Games also pose a dilemma for a religion with 60,000 missionaries. How to capitalize ...
  • The bible and the Catholic Church

    01/18/2002 6:11:04 AM PST · by 1stFreedom · 467 replies · 1,564+ views
    Folks, I'm reposting this article, edited so as to not appear to be attacking anybody. I'd like your opinion, as this is an article in working progress. If you agree, disagree, have facts & figures, I'd appreciate your comments. I've purposely left out the controversy over the OT beacause 1. I need to do some research, and 2. The focus of this article is on the agreed upon NT cannon. (It's more for discussion of NT amongst different denominations). I'll write another article on the OT, or incorporate it here. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND THE BIBLE INTRODUCTION Many schools of ...
  • Sneering agnosticism: Hugh Hewitt whacks media bigots pretending to be journalists

    01/14/2002 11:44:02 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 52 replies · 543+ views ^ | Tuesday, January 15, 2002 | Hugh Hewitt
    Sneering agnosticism &copy;&nbsp;2002&nbsp; Prior to the attacks of Sept. 11, a regular feature of my radio program was a segment devoted to spotting Mormon-bashing among the elite media as the Olympic games approached. I am not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but PBS sent me to Salt Lake City in 1996 to interview Elder Neal Maxwell for the series and book "Searching for God in America." I have been back on a few occasions since, both to work for the local PBS affiliate in Salt Lake City and to lecture at Brigham Young ...
  • Mormons to Let the Games Reign, Utah 'theocracy' (Mormon bash alert)

    01/15/2002 7:28:29 AM PST · by Valin · 64 replies · 1,066+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/13/02 | JULIE CART
    Mormons to Let the Games Reign Olympics: Church has lowered its profile, but Utah 'theocracy' will be seen and felt nonetheless. SALT LAKE CITY -- When the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics unfold next month, the world will see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir starring at the Opening Ceremony, the Mormon Temple soaring above the nightly medal presentation, and a Mormon bishop, the Games' affable organizer, welcoming athletes and guests from all over the globe. The XIX Winter Olympics will be a showcase for both Salt Lake City and the institution that dominates the city: the Church of Jesus Christ of ...
  • Did you just see the Mormon Tab. Choir otn Touched by an Angel? Very moving Battle Hymn of Repub.

    12/16/2001 8:05:30 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 20 replies · 286+ views
    touched by an angel ^ | Dec 16, 01 | churchillbuff
    Nobody does the Battle Hymn better than the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir. The Touched by an Angel producers did themselves proud by featuring this great moment (I remember Reagan wiped tears from his eyes when the Mormon Choir sang this number at his 84 inaugural parade)
  • The Times in Which We Live (Mormon Leader Calls on Good People Everywhere)

    10/07/2001 7:50:13 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 32 replies · 529+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Sun Oct 07 15:46:28 2001 | Gordon B. Hinckley
    'The Times In Which We Live' Sunday, October 07, 2001 Related content: U.S. and Britain launch attacks on Afghanistan 'The Times In Which We Live' President Gordon B. HinckleyPresident of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The following is a transcript of President Gordon B. Hinckley's address during the Sunday morning session of the 171st Semi-annual General Conference on Oct. 7, 2001. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; My beloved brethren and sisters, I accept this opportunity in humility. I pray that I may be guided by the spirit of the Lord in that which I say. I have just been ...