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Clarifying Polygamy Confusion

Commentary — 24 April 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reiterates that it has no affiliation whatsoever with any polygamous groups, including the polygamous sect in Eldorado, Texas. The Church discontinued polygamy officially in 1890, but more than a century later some news and Internet reports fail to draw clear distinctions between the Church and practicing polygamous sects.

A Week in the Life of a Mormon Family

News Story — 22 April 2008

It’s early morning, and Hilary and Patience Ekpo are going over the day’s plans. After reading scriptures and praying together, they gather their five children together and go through a similar exercise, this time with the whole family.

Church Embraces Increased Media Attention

News Story — 21 April 2008

Elder M. Russell Ballard, a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told the Brigham Young University Management Society in Washington, D.C., Saturday that the Church has embraced the increased media attention brought about by the recent political campaigns.

Mormons and Baptists Clean Up Houston Neighborhood

News Story — 18 April 2008

Over 200 Mormon teens and youth leaders worked with their Baptist neighbors recently to clean up a downtown neighborhood. After an early morning gathering at the Sunny Side Missionary Baptist Church to get acquainted and receive assignments, volunteers rolled up their sleeves to spend the day beautifying Sunnyside. The area is an older neighborhood south of downtown Houston that has many vacant lots and homes in need of repair.

Church Collaborates on Emma Smith Movie

News Story — 18 April 2008

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints collaborated with the Joseph Smith Jr. and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society on the new movie “Emma Smith: My Story,” which was released in theaters across Utah on 11 April.

Respect for Diversity of Faiths

Commentary — 18 April 2008

A respect for the diverse beliefs and unique contributions of all the world’s faiths is one of the hallmarks of Mormonism. From the earliest days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith elevated the principle of religious liberty and tolerance: “We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may” ( ).

Senior Church Leader Appeals to Media to Make Distinction

News Story — 17 April 2008

Elder Quentin L. Cook, an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, appealed to the news media today to make a clear distinction in their reports between the Church and the polygamist sect in Texas that has made headlines throughout the world.

Charitable Projects Bubble Up From Grassroots

News Story — 15 April 2008

In addition to the humanitarian and charitable efforts initiated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world, individual Mormons, independent of Church programs, are also identifying needs and organizing projects to provide relief.

Reports of Polygamy Story Vary Across the World

News Story — 10 April 2008

The public affairs office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today complimented U.S. media outlets for being careful to distinguish between the 13-million-member international Church and a small polygamous sect raided by Texas state officers late last week.

Extrabiblical Scriptures Are Not Barrier to Christianity

Commentary — 10 April 2008

Twice in the past six months an has used the world of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to address one of the most common questions asked by the public about the Church in the past two years: Are Mormons Christian? The highest priesthood office in the Church. Apostles serve for life and are “special witnesses” of Jesus Christ to the world. They fill the highest governing bodies of the Church. Three apostles form the First Presidency. Twelve more make up the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

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