This is the same Jon Voight who, when shamelessly promoting the failed
"September Dawn", went on television stating how well researched and
truthful the movie was. Sigh.
BYR"This is the same Jon Voight who, when shamelessly promoting
the failed "September Dawn", went on television stating how well
researched and truthful the movie was. Sigh."I had that exact
same thought seeing Voight there. His portrayal of a Mormon bishop as a raving
religious fanatic was right out of 19th century anti-Mormon hysteria. September
Dawn is a perfect example of why moviegoers should not try to get their history
from a Hollywood movie.
Millions of people in the US just met their first Mormon last night, when Ann
Romney spoke. She hit it out of the park. I think a lot of people said to
themselves: "She's just a normal person" and understood when
speaking of Mitt not wanting to brag about his good deeds. This is
really instructive to see how helpful it is for others to understand our faith,
when we lead good lives and people know that we are LDS. We just need to be the
best we can and reach out to people around us, not worrying about whether we are
For Americans, Mitt Romney is just the latest major Presidential candidate in a
long string that goes back more than two centuries. For Mormons, he’s a
lot more. Latter-day Saints have invested themselves emotionally on a deep level
in this election. They speak of the Mormon moment. The very thought was
unthinkable in 1830 when the Book of Mormon was presented to an incredulous
world.Why does it matter so much to Mormons? It’s not
difficult to see why. Mormon followers of ‘peep-stone Joe’ were
scorned as pitiful fools practicing a religion that the world did not take
seriously or regard as legitimate. No longer social outcasts, the challenge
ahead for them today might very well be maintaining some semblance of humility.
Mormonism, outside of utah, is just another religion. They all claim to be
legitimate. Humility shouldn't be that hard to maintain, again as I
I can see why Mitt loves Ann so much. She is warm, loving, compassionate,
trustworthy, and extremely brave. Her genuineness came through as well. Watch the Dems demonize her and her husband for the next two months. In
truth, the Romneys are good, decent people, and it shows. I'd like to see
someone honest in the White House with a proven record of success in business! I
hope people aren't deceived again with the smears.
Mormons are just as diverse as Americans with regards to occupations, tax
brackets, family size, hobbies, politics, race, etc. etc. Arguably,
they are more diverse than Americans given that half of them live outside the
United States. Saying "Mormon" and thinking Utah descendant of 19th
century handcart-ers is like saying "American" and thinking New England
descendant of pilgrims. It is a mistaken generalization.
As a Mormon, I hope that the LDS people will always remain distinct from the
rest of the world, distinguished by righteousness, humility, and love. You
can't offer something different if you're like all the other peas in
the pod. I also accept that with that distinction, there will always be
misconceptions by some. But in the end, those "some" and their
perceptions will not be of consequence.
I would love to see Juan Williams invited to visit the Brigham City Temple open
house. I enjoy him on Fox News and feel that he is fair and unbiased. I'm
sure it would be a good thing for someone as influential as him to have a better
understanding of the LDS faith and people.
I agree with AZCoug. I like Juan and think he usually gets it right. I would
love to see him walk through the temple and anchor the distinction between a
meetinghouse and a Temple in his head. The more people understand, the less
they hold against what they were deriding.
@ Hutterite would you please explain to me your statement. Sounds to me like my
lds faith and practices is different from your lds and practices. If that is so
I disagree.we are all lead by the same Prophet. Who teaches us the same thing.
We all teach out of the same books. I have been to a number of LDS churches and
feel the same spirt. Weather in Utah were most members are to the 40 or so who
attent each week here.
@Hutterite . I re read your statement. I see you are not LDS. I have friends
who live here who are also Hutterite. I can not tell you they teach the same
as your colony teaches you. If you wish to know if they have same beliefs as
you do. I suggest you ask them . I have respect for them and consider the ones
i know as friends the colony is just east of my property, and I see them almost
@Craig ClarkI think you paint with too broad a brush. As a lifelong
Mormon, I don't consider this "the Mormon moment". It's a bit
of a novelty that Mitt is LDS, but he certainly isn't making a lot of it
and neither am I. Frankly, given the level of division in the country and major
problems that need solving, there is as much potential for this to be a disaster
for Mitt as there is for it to be a great moment. That said, I think Mitt has
the ability and experience and intelligence to solve these problems. Much more
so than the alternative. But if his party doesn't control the House and the
Senate, he will struggle to get much done. That is the reality any presidential
candidate faces in the current political climate. That is why so many feel it
doesn't matter who is in the White House.
Discussions and explanations about the Mormons have been going on for years in
blogs and now in social media. As a runner, I make daily visits to a particular
online running forum. My profile states I am a member of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). I don't speak of my religion in my
posts, but I do mention frequently in the context of weather and my running
along the Jordan River Parkway that I'm from Utah. As a 76-year old person
and runner of almost 40 years, I get a lot of respect from other forum members.
Of course, online posts don't have the coverage that newspaper articles
have (yet), but they're part of the conversation about Mormons. I think
that, as Mormons, our purpose isn't to tell everyone about the church. Our
purpose, I think, is to tell our friends and acquaintances about the church, and
others who are interested will find our discussions.
@Built2Last,Thank you for your comments about the difficulties
Presidents have. I think the greatest contribution Presidents make is in their
appointments of Judges.
Built2Last,Romney is running a curious campaign, saying so little
about his record as Governor of Massachusetts which I see as a strength he could
better exploit. Playing so heavily to his party’s base made sense as a
strategy for winning the GOP nomination. I don’t see how continuing on
that track now is a winning strategy for November. I’ll be listening to
him tonight with great interest.
"According to Voight, the couple first met in grade school, but when they
met again in high school, Voight said Romney told him that he saw Ann in a
different way."I don't know what that means for
Mormons," Voight said."Is anybody else confused by this? I
too looked at women differently from grade school to high school, it's call
hormones. Not something unique to Mormons. Seems like an odd, off-hand comment
Thanks eastcoastcoug. I agree."...if we will pursue a steady
course, our very example will become the most effective argument we could ever
advance for the virtues of the cause with which we are associated...If we will
pursue a steady course in the implementation of our religion in our own lives,
we shall advance the cause more effectively than by any other
means."--Gordon B. Hinckley