As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon or LDS Church) enters the media spotlight more and more, especially surrounding the 2012 election of Mitt Romney, many questions arise concerning the rumors of polygamy. Did the Mormon church practice polygamy before, and does it practice polygamy now?
The short answer is that, yes, the Mormon church did practice polygamy until 1890. Since that time, the Mormons have not practiced polygamy. In fact, even in countries where polygamy is legal, polygamists cannot join the LDS Church. If a member of the LDS church is caught practicing polygamy, they are excommunicated (are no longer members). Continue reading
On Flickr.com, I saw a picture of a person holding up a sign that claimed that Mormons (the LDS faith) represented 2 percent of California’s population, but constituted 70 percent of donations to the Prop 8 campaign. It surprised me that 2 percent of California’s population appears to be so wealthy in proportion to the anti-Prop 8 campaigners, so I did some math.
If this claim were correct, every Mormon man, woman, and child would have to donate $41.76 each on average. Large stereotypical Mormon families with an average of five children each would be donating an average of $292.33 per family. These numbers are if every single Mormon family donated. This would constitute amazing participation – 100 percent participation! Continue reading
By Joseph Delli Gatti
Until I was 28, I had no idea about how politics worked, how to get involved, or even how to vote. I had political opinions, but none that actually found a place beyond the expression of my lips. Talking politics does very little unless it’s in the proper setting. 2004 was the year that George W. Bush was reelected as the US president and that John Huntsman Jr. was elected as Utah’s governor.
My first experience with politics was in 2004, when a friend of mine approached me and offered me tickets to a grass roots event at Utah Valley State College (now UVU). Several people announced their intention to run for political office. While the event was very local, it was attended by a few thousand people – including top members of Utah government. Continue reading