Friday, February 3, 2012

The ‘Mormon moment’ in America

A Mormon leads the field for the GOP presidential nomination, a musical based on Mormonism plays to overflow crowds on Broadway and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may soon grow to become the third largest church in the United States. And yet, surveys show that Americans know relatively little about this homegrown religion, which was founded in 1830 by a charismatic New Yorker named Joseph Smith. The articles and photos collected in this special section explore controversial moments in Mormon history, how LDS leaders might influence a Mormon in the White House and how Latter-day Saints themselves feel about starring in America's "Mormon moment."

`The Book of Mormon’ wins nine Tonys

(RNS) The irreverent and hilarious "The Book of Mormon" musical dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 12), winning the award for Best Musical and becoming one of the most honored productions in Broadway history. Broadway neophytes Trey Parker and Matt Stone thanked their "South P...
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Mormon leaders told to stay out of politics

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Mormon officials are telling their top, full-time leaders that they and their spouses should not participate in political campaigns, including making donations or endorsing candidates. However, part-time leaders -- including local and regional congregational leaders -- are s...
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Mormons launch group to defend against media attacks

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) With two Mormons in the presidential campaign and a hit Broadway show about LDS missionaries, a group of church loyalists felt the time was ripe to begin scrutinizing media reports for inaccuracies about the Utah-based faith. On Thursday (Aug.4) the Foundation for Apologetic...
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Mormons see potential in online proselytizing

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Not so long ago, Mormon missionaries were prohibited from using the Internet, even to contact their families. The system then loosened a bit to allow weekly e-mails home and some occasional viewing of church materials. Now the nearly 14 million-member Church of Jesus Chri...
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Well before Romney, Mormon founder ran for president

(RNS) For all the political hubbub over Mormonism, you might have thought Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are the first Mormons to run for president. In fact, 11 Latter-day Saints have campaigned for the White House, including the faith's founder, Joseph Smith. A barrage of bullets cut short S...
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