As the “Mormon moment” extends into 2012, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life today released a groundbreaking new survey, the first ever published by a non-LDS research organization to focus exclusively on members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their beliefs, values, perceptions and political preferences.
Entitled “Mormons in America: Certain in Their Beliefs, Uncertain of Their Place in Society,” the survey was conducted between Oct. 25 and Nov. 16, 2011 among a national sample of 1,019 respondents who identified themselves as Mormons. The results validate a number of long-held stereotypes (most American Mormons are white, well-educated, politically conservative and religiously observant) while providing a few interesting surprises (care for the poor and needy is high on the list of LDS priorities, while drinking coffee and watching R-rated movies aren’t as taboo among the rank and file as you might think). (more…)
Mormon Helping Hands, a relief organization organized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called by friends of other faiths, the “Mormon Church”) recently had a service project in Berlin Germany to help children who are suffering from cancer. The project was open for all those on the street who wanted to stop by and help with the service project.
The project included sewing and assembling small “Broviac” catheter bags, which deliver life-saving medicine into the child’s body. The portable nature of the catheter enables a child suffering from cancer to move about freely. One-thousand bags from the project will be donated to children’s hospitals. (more…)
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Posted: 07/22/2011 08:39:52 AM PDT
Updated: 07/22/2011 08:43:05 AM PDT
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct Mormon Night tonight with more than 4,100 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attending the game against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium. The Christian-country group Joshua Creek will perform the national anthem and “God Bless America.” (more…)
Pres. Thomas S. Monson dedicates youth camp in Ontario
June 26, 2011
He expressed love and fondness for the people of Canada and reminisced a bit about the time he and his wife, Frances J. Monson, and their children lived in Toronto three years as he presided over the Canadian Mission, beginning in 1959. Their oldest son, Tom, was nearly 8 years old when the family moved to Canada in the spring of 1959. Their daughter, Ann, was nearly 6, and their youngest son, Clark, was born in Toronto.
“Although many of our dear Canadian friends have passed on, there are those who remain still — as well as the children and grandchildren of those stalwart saints of years ago,” President Thomas Monson said. . .
Richard Bushman: ‘The Book of Mormon’ is like looking into a fun-house mirror; the reflection is hilarious but not really you
June 27, 2011
. . .Mormons experience the show like looking at themselves in a fun-house mirror. The reflection is hilarious but not really you. The nose is yours but swollen out of proportion.
Take the issue of getting your own planet, for example. Elder Price talks about a planet for himself and one for Jesus. Those are not really core Mormon beliefs. Mormon scriptures and Church leaders don’t say anything about people getting their own planets. The idea is more like lore than doctrine.
Mormons do believe in the principle of theosis, the doctrine that God wants humans to become like himself–in effect gods. That belief leads Mormons to speculate about creation. Will beings with god-like qualities have the powers to form earths? Perhaps, who knows?. . .
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Mormon Tabernacle Choir wraps up summer tour
President Monson extols musicians during final tour stop
June 27, 2011
TORONTO, Ontario — Professing “there is no finer choir in all the world” than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson welcomed invited guests to the final concert of its summer tour.
Speaking at a reception prior to a concert Monday evening in Roy Thomson Hall, President Monson said that when he became president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2008, he appointed himself as adviser to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which includes the Orchestra at Temple Square and the Bells on Temple Square. It is, he said, one of his favorite assignments. . .
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