I believe the church has a unique opportunity to further propagate the Mormon
Moment with the huge influx of missionary numbers. Who will they teach?
There's plenty of them.
Deseret News just can't find enough reasons to keep Romney on the front
page even though the rest of the world wishes he would just go away.
"Mormonism is only about forty years old, but its career has been full of
stir and adventure from the beginning, and is likely to remain so to the
end." (Mark Twain from his travel book Roughing It, published in 1872)______________________________Twain's perceptive insight came
in an era when Mormonism was still scorned by America and the world as an
eccentric cultural phenomenon but something less than a legitimate religious
movement. The so-called Mormon moment of 2012 was more of a surge in renewed
curiosity because of Romney's candidacy. The greater promise is in the fact
that it's being more closely examined by academics who want to understand.
Those include faithful Latter-day Saints who are studying their own history with
greater objectivity than ever before. I see that as a positive trend that will
"Media Interest in Mormon Moment slows."In other news, the
Salt Lake Media rush to fill the void.
The mighty stone is rolling forth from the mountain and will continue to grow
until the Great Jehovah declares that the work is finished.
The corrupt national media has had a tough year all together; since politics
is what is worshiped now in our country, and since there was no national
election this year, many news outlets are hurting. They live off of the
election year. MSNBC and CNN are hurting, and Washington Post was sold off.
Fewer people read newspapers and fewer watch TV news. The media loves when
there is a hurricane, 9-11, or big story to cover, that means money in pocket.
The Church wins silently and quietly, and prefers ordinary common days. It has
been growing since 1830, so no need to change course too much. The media is
blind to the miracles that go on with all religious people of all religious
affiliation, and that is good.
@RickHBlaine, WA"Deseret News just can't find enough
reasons to keep Romney on the front page even though the rest of the world
wishes he would just go away."Funny, isn't it, that Rick
from Washington is reading the Des News - a Utah publication - and whining about
what he finds on its front page.Reminds me of the roommates I had
from NY/NJ here in Utah whose days were spent whining about...yep, you guessed
it...Utah.Rick - stick to your Washington publications and I'll
bet you won't be so encumbered by Mitt on your front pages.
It seems Mormons are trying too hard to make it seem that they are normal
people; but instead of clarifying their concern for normalcy it appears more
confusing, What is happening with Mormon acceptance of public non acceptance.
What happened to the peculiar people, and why so up tight and nervous.
skeptic,One man's peculiar is another man's normal. In
America these days, some people shoot for being known for something so eccentric
or outlandish that they get offered their own reality show. How normal is
that?Some Mormons loathed the so-called Mormon moment. Others
couldn't get enough of it. Still others think it was much ado about
The M. Moment was too fabricated and forced to be a natural phenom. Tracking
and data are interesting, but all the hype was too faux, for moi. (It smelled
too desperate...) Mormons have always had plenty to offer the world in work
ethic and family focus, without the SLC PR machine needing to spruce up
advertising or going into hyper-speed with all-things Romney. Our weird
religious doctrines are no mystery to this tech/info generation. The curiosity
that I am always asked about is Joseph Smith's tweaking of historical
Christianity. As an evangelical (28 yrs) with seven generations of
Mormon heritage to be proud of, I can tell you that the world is specifically
curious as to how Mormons remain so successful, patriotic and growing- while
retaining Smith's 19th-century aberrations.Otherwise, they
admire LDS lifestyle and devotion. Until you join the historical Protestants,
you will remain an enigma to non-LDS. Don't make more of it than what is
naturally there. Enjoy the positives of what you have.
Oh, dear. They're talking about us again. Why do they always have to say
things about us? If they want to talk about us, they should come to us and only
say the things that we tell them are true about ourselves. If they say things
that don't come from our own sources, it's a lie! Persecution!Oh, dear. They've stopped talking about us. Why do they not care
anymore? Are we becoming less interesting? Surely this lack of interest is a
reflection on the legitimacy of our beliefs. Oh, look! They mentioned us
again! Hooray!I wonder if this one will make the cut.
The truth is that there is not now, nor has their ever been, a "Mormon
moment". What's actually happened is that the Church has gotten so big
and well established now that it can no longer be marginalized and ignored by
the mainstream media. That is both good and bad, as it both makes missionary
work easier and exposes the Church to more vicious attacks by the ever-growing
inhabitants of the Great and Spacious Building.
Slow news day, so write an article about Mormonism it's bound to draw
plenty of commentators, most negative and a few positive. How does that song
go? It doesn't change a thing but even so, after 183 years
it's nice to know. Something like that.
The best thing about the Mormon Moment is that many practicing mormons learned
about the history of their church. There was much I learned in the 1980's
that I tried to discuss with my mormon friends. What I had to say back then
went over like a Lead zeppelin. Imagine my surprise when that history found its
way to the mainstream. I wanted to call all of my old friends and say "see,
I was telling you the truth."At any rate, shining the light on
truth is always good in the long run. Although the Mormon Moment has slowed, I
do hope that it continues to deepen and bring more of the history to light.
Daniel 2:35.....and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and
filled the whole earth.I think the idea is that this work will
continue until the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ fills the whole earth. It
will move from moment to moment.,,until the Lord declares our part in His work
completed and He will then preach His sermon of destruction.
Maybe the Mormon Moment began in 1857.I wonder why people assume
that press attention from outside of Utah is a good thing for Mormonism.