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Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right | January 22

Deseret News: Mormons are politically diverse

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more than 14 million members scattered throughout the world. They come from a variety of cultures, have diverse life experiences and espouse heterogeneous opinions — including political opinions.

In a commentary for the Deseret News, Richard Davis, a political science professor at Brigham Young University, dispels the notion that most Mormons subscribe to any one strand of political thought. He explains that “church members are not monolithic on politics,” and that being a member does not mean Mormons think “about politics the same way as anyone else in the church.”

As an institution, the Church is neutral in matters of party politics. This applies in all of the many nations in which it is established. But the Church expects its members to engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner, respecting the fact that members of the Church come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and may have differences of opinion in partisan political matters.

Read the entire commentary in the Deseret News.

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The Arizona Republic: Understanding the difference between Mormon temples and chapels

The Arizona Republic provides an update on what it calls the Church’s “awe-inspiring” Gilbert Arizona Temple, which was announced in 2008 and is currently under construction.

In addition to describing the beautiful temple grounds and the detailed construction process and correctly explaining that Mormons view temples as houses of God, the article also points out the difference between a Mormon temple and a meetinghouse. A Mormon meetinghouse, or chapel, is the “venue for Sunday worship and weekday activities,” the Republic says. Temples, on the other hand, are closed Sundays and are places where the most sacred rites of the faith take place.


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