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Focusing our Lives

BYU (Brigham Young University) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.”  BYU students take nearly a semester of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes. In this series (see below), students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the Book of Mormon in the form of letters to someone they know. We invite...

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My Mormon Family

Looking back over the past decades of my personal history, I am actually thrilled to be writing a piece with this title.  I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the Mormon Church) at the age of 16.  Science was the religion in our home, and my parents probably allowed my baptism because they thought I was entering a temporary “phase,” of which I would soon tire and move on.  Our family was...

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LDS religious commitment high, Pew survey finds

Of all the numbers in the Pew Research Center’s recently released survey of “Mormons in America,” the highest, most overwhelming numbers are these: 98 percent of respondents said they believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and 97 percent say their church is a Christian religion. This comes on the heels of earlier surveys indicating that 32 percent of non-LDS U.S. adults say the LDS Church is not a Christian religion,...

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Mormons’ Focus on Marriage & Family Highlighted in Pew Survey

SMITHFIELD — After dinner, three baths, four bedtime stories and a half-a-dozen goodnight kisses for 2-year-old twins Brock and Isaac and 6-year-old Ellie, Erin and Brian Thompson finally sink into the couch with weary smiles. Being parents is just what they always wanted. And they love it. “Of course we have our crazy moments,” Thompson says, “but for the most part we just try to find the good things in the day and...

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Do Mormons Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Samantha Murphey is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Woman) and has interned with the New York Daily News My Thanksgiving memories are a blur of ordinary things — family gatherings, fall leaves, cozy fires, parades, touch football, pumpkin pie, turkey and trimmings. Flickers and flurries and fun. My memories are dotted wits.h the classic elementary school holiday crafts — tracings of tiny hands made to...

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Eternal Marriage

Marriage is an important and essential part of the gospel as presented and practiced by members of the Mormon Church.  Indeed, marriage has been a part of God’s plan for his children from the beginning. In Genesis we read that Adam was alone in the garden.  But in Genesis 2:18, it states, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”  God created Eve to be Adam’s wife and partner. The role...

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