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The Why and How of Mormon Charity

The Why and How of Mormon Charity

A study done through the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated that Mormons are the most charitable people in America, donating both money and time at a higher rate than other Americans. Even when religious donations and service are subtracted, they give about as much as other Americans, but, of course, this is in addition to the religious donations. The average American spends about 48 hours a year volunteering for charity. That’s a...

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Mormon women and the priesthood

Mormon women and the priesthood

By Jan Friends have told me they could not be Mormons (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) because women can’t hold the priesthood and that is demeaning. What they don’t understand is that most faithful Mormon women are happy, and feel valued and fulfilled without having the priesthood. They do not aspire to take the role of the men and do not view themselves as second-class citizens or as being blindly...

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Meet Some Everyday Mormons

Meet Some Everyday Mormons

The media often likes to focus on the famous Mormons—Mitt Romney, Donny and Marie Osmond, Gladys Knight, or any number of athletes. However, most Mormons are not famous or powerful. They are simply ordinary people living ordinary lives. They have trials and joys. Some have children; some don’t. Some live in Utah; others live all over the world. They have careers, families, and challenges. Their lives are varied, but they are united by...

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Mormon Youth

Mormon Youth

Mormons—a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—have a number of special programs for teenagers who are twelve to seventeen years old. These programs teach them about their faith and give them opportunities to put what they learn into practice. They also learn many practical skills that prepare them to be successful adults in their communities, their careers, and their homes. Sunday services are three...

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Mormon Education

Mormon Education

Mormons have a robust education system within their church. Their religion, which is actually named The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (with Mormon merely a nickname sometimes given to members), believes that God gave us our intelligence and wants us to use it. The church sees no conflict between intellectual and spiritual knowledge because science and history are not doctrine. Mormons are taught that the two are compatible and...

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A Mormon Apostle Speaks to the Harvard Law School

A Mormon Apostle Speaks to the Harvard Law School

Mormonism 101 is an annual series of lectures presented at Harvard Law School by the school’s Latter-day Saint Student Association.  On March 19, 2012, Mormon Apostle Jeffrey R. Holland spoke to a religiously diverse audience in the historic Langdell Hall.  In the past, speakers have included other prominent members of the Church, including Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Thomas B. Griffiths, a federal...

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