Mormon Teens Thrive in “Almost Christian”

Mormon teens, compared to other teens in Christianity fare far better. A new book by Kenda Creasy Dean indicts the mainstream Christian Church for teaching its youth a “watered down version of Christianity”, while showing how Mormon youth thrive spiritually in comparison.

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New Generation of Mormons

For the first time in its nearly two-century history – one that began, according to the founding myth, with an illiterate farmhand, Joseph Smith, being visited by an angel in western New York state – Mormons are moving from the periphery of modern American life to the very centre.

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UCLA Study Proves Mormons Live 10 Years Longer

Mormon men live 10 years longer than other U.S> white males, while Mormon women live more than 5 years longer than other U.S. white females. This from a UCLA study that has tracked Mormon life habits for decades, shows results consistent with previous views of the effect Mormon religious activities have on their lifespan.

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America’s Next Top Mormon

As reality shows dominate television, they’re finding contestants in an unlikely place: the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Wholesome, likable Mormon competitors are now so plentiful that some viewers have taken to playing Spot the Mormon.

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100 Most Influential People

Joseph Smith (52) and Brigham Young (74) Make the List of 100 Most Influential Figures in American History

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Provo Top 10 Safest City

Provo ranks nationally as #10 in the nations top ten safest cities. Capt. Rick Heealy of the Provo Polic Department said “Provo is as safe as it is because the population has a lot of good people”.

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Newsweek – Solid Strong True

As current prophet of the LDS Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, 95, guides the religion that Joseph Smith established 175 years ago. Recently he talked with NEWSWEEK’s Elise Soukup and Jon Meacham about the experience of “revelation,” Smith’s legacy and the appeal of the church.

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Newsweek – Mormon Odyssey

A young man’s vision gave rise to the Mormon Church – Joseph Smith founded a booming faith that’s confronting its past as it looks to the future

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BYU Named America’s “Fittest” College

On those annual lists of the nation’s college campuses, Brigham Young University is probably best known for its regular ranking near the bottom when it comes to party schools.
But now the university owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has earned a new distinction: fittest college campus.

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Mormon Teens Cope Best

A groundbreaking study of American teenagers and religion conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill finds that of all the religious groups surveyed, Mormons fared best at avoiding risky behaviors, doing well in school and having a positive attitude about the future. Conservative Protestants came in second.

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Illinois Issues “Official Regret” for Mormon Expulsion

Illinois officials traveled to Salt Lake City to issue an “Official Regret” statement to the Mormon Church for the expulsion of the early Latter-Day Saints and the killing of their founder Joseph Smith. The statement was given by Rep. Daniel J. Burke of the Illinois House.

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U.S. News – The Mormon Way

Is this the Olympics or the Mo-lympics? That’s the question of the hour in Salt Lake City, epicenter of the booming but oft-misunderstood Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the lds or Mormon church.

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Newsweek – A Mormon Moment

Mention “Mormons” and you think immediately of clean-cut missionaries, uniformed like ushers in white shirts and dark suits, canvassing for converts two by two through the neighborhoods of the world. Once a hated, hunted Utah sect, the Mormons are now a global church worth an estimated $25 billion and claiming 11 million members, a slight majority of them living outside the United States.

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Geographical Twins Worlds Apart

National Geographic Magazine reports on the uncanny similarities between the holy land and Salt Lake City, Utah. Between the lakes, the mountains, the rivers or the land around them, so many interesting parallels it makes you wonder whether someone knew this before sending the Mormons to Utah.

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Time – Mormons, Inc.

The Mormon Church is by far the most numerically successful creed born on American soil and one of the fastest growing anywhere. Its U.S. membership of 4.8 million is the seventh largest in the country, while its hefty 4.7% annual American growth rate is nearly doubled abroad, where there are already 4.9 million adherents.

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60 Minutes – Gordon B. Hinckley

This is the 60-Minutes story that Mike Wallace did in 1996. The LDS Prophet had never done such an interview, and many members of the LDS Church expected this to be a “hatchet job” where the Church would be smeared....

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Time – A Peculiar People

As God’s chosen people (which they believe themselves to be), the Mormons think they have a direct line of communication to the Almighty. In the church’s turbulent early years its leaders were able to report direct and literal heavenly guidance on even such mundane subjects as Illinois real estate.

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Time – Mormon Centenary

Last week the thoughts of all the 700,000 Mormons in the world dwelt in Salt Lake City, capital of Mormondom and of Utah, where the centenary of the founding of the Church was to be celebrated, exactly to the day, on April 6, 1930. A week of exercises and formal rejoicing was scheduled to follow.

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