The topics in the video reflected the kinds of questions journalists were then asking —questions about polygamy, the Church’s openness and whether Church members are Christian.
Former NFL quarterback Steve Young and former Miss America Sharlene Hawkes, both Mormons, talk the viewer through three major misperceptions the public has about the Church.
The video tackles polygamy first. “Groups that practice polygamy and claim they are Mormons are not associated with the 13-million-member Church headquartered in Salt Lake City,” Steve Young says. He adds that the term “Mormon” should never be applied to these other religions and there is no such thing as a “Mormon Fundamentalist.”
The video also acknowledges that perceptions that Mormons are a closed society, only caring for their own members, still linger. Yet most of the Church’s humanitarian and welfare efforts, all funded by Church-member donations, benefit people of all faiths.
Sharlene Hawkes addresses the issue of whether Mormons are Christian, saying that Church members are “Christian to our core.” Surrounded by her family, she talks about why her faith is so important to her.
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I am seriously startled at the breadth of misconception which still exists about the Church. I'd laugh at what some of these people were saying if I wasn't so surprised. "Multiple wives and Mormon men trade them in for younger ones when they get too old?" Are you kidding me? Where do people get this stuff? Oh wait, I know . . .
By the way . . . I'm a very happy woman. Tell me, all my Latter-day Saint (Mormon) friends, are we an unhappy people. Because the comment I always get is that we are a happy people and they want to know why.
Have a great day everyone. I really like this video. Enjoy. Back to politics tomorrow.
Blogging Babes . . . Brick Oven at 1:00 today! And I got a digital camera for Christmas, so we'll have some good fun.