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8 May 2013

Mormonism News Getting Right


This edition of "Mormonism in the News: Getting It Right" features a story from Utah about the Church honoring the Sisters of Saint Benedict in Ogden, an article about the Church in Cincinnati and a report from Missouri about Mormon youth who attend the Church's youth seminary program.

Intermountain Catholic: Mormons Honor Benedictine Sisters' Legacy

Reaching out to those of other faiths and recognizing their important contributions to society is an important part of Mormonism. This happened in late April when, as Intermountain Catholic reports, Latter-day Saint leaders held a farewell luncheon for the Sisters of Saint Benedict in Ogden. Last year, the sisters decided to merge with their founding monastery in Minnesota. They had been in Ogden, Utah, since 1946.

Elder Mervyn B. Arnold of the Church's Quorums of the Seventy shared a story about an experience he had with a loved one in the hospital that shows the Benedictine Sisters’ tireless compassion for those in need. "When I entered the hospital room, one of the sisters was there consoling the family and said she was heading to the chapel to pray until all the family had arrived," Elder Arnold said. "And that is the spirit these sisters have brought with them to our community. ... [They are] a walking symbol of what we all hope to be.” Speaking to the sisters, Elder Arnold said, “Your impression on this community will not go away; it will live on and on."

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Related resource: Mormons Believe That Jesus Is the Christ, All Are Children of God correspondent Lucy May writes about the growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the greater Cincinnati area. May correctly describes several aspects of Mormonism, including the beliefs that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, "all people are spiritual children of God," marriage is between man and woman, and Mormon avoidance of alcohol and tobacco is rooted in the faith’s health code.

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Maryville Daily Forum: Faith More Than a Sunday Affair for Mormon Youth

Reporter Tony Brown writes about several Mormon youth in Maryville, Missouri, who are part of the Church's youth seminary program. He correctly notes that the Church’s seminary is a four-year religious educational program for youth ages 14 through 18, wherein they study one of the faith’s four books of scripture each year (these include the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price).

Like many other Mormon youth across the world, the youth in Maryville attend seminary in the morning before school on weekdays. "They spend most of an hour searching the sacred texts for meaning and truth — looking for faith and finding themselves," Brown writes. "They've committed themselves to working toward a deeper understanding and taking a more committed and rigorous approach to building a foundation capable of supporting their faith."

Seminary is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but is open to teenagers of all faiths.

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