“Right now, there is extraordinary media attention given to Mormons both home and abroad,” he said. “There are three reasons for this; the candidacy of Mitt Romney, the Broadway hit musical “The Book of Mormon,” which is a parody of the religion … and our own media campaign, ‘I am a Mormon’ intended to dispel stereotypes.” The sheer growth of the church and the rising prominence of Latter-day Saints in a wide variety of fields also contribute to the added attention, Porter said. To begin his talk, Porter explained some of the LDS hierarchy and central beliefs. He dispelled a common myth about the church’s founder, Joseph Smith. “We recognize him [Joseph Smith] as a fallible mortal and do not in any sense worship him,” he said. Porter said despite the explosion of growth in the LDS church, Mormons are still very connected.” Our policies and curriculum originate from church headquarters … it helps ensure the church remains one unified body,” he said. “We are a close-knit people, we feel strong bonds to other saints across the world. There exists a global Mormon village.” After explaining some aspects of the church, Porter discussed Mormons and politics. Porter said the 12th article of faith says Mormons believe in being subject to kings, presidents and rulers and honoring and sustaining the law. “We believe the law and government holds men accountable,” he said. The LDS church renounces war and proclaims peace, according to what Jesus said to the prophet Joseph Smith, said Porter. “We believe the defense of family and country is justified, but war is a necessary evil and a last resort,” he said. “If all people believed in Christ, the world would be at peace.” Porter said unlike many believe, the LDS church does not endorse political candidates or policies. “We believe in the separation of denominational influence in politics, religion should not have undue influence in politics,” he said. While the church has sometimes taken a stance on prominent issues, Porter said, it is an issue of what is moral or not moral. “Many of the stances we have taken on political issues are conservative – like abortion or same-gender marriage,” he said. “On the other hand, our stance on illegal immigration is seen as fairly liberal.” Porter said even though Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a Mormon, the church has not and will not endorsed him, due to church policy. “In this campaign like others, the church has taken no position,” he said. “We’ve done nothing whatsoever to support Mitt Romney.” With the increase in media attention on the faith this primary season, Porter said the church has used it to promote the church in a positive light. “We have sought diligently to correct misconceptions about our beliefs … dispel stereotypes and misinformation about the church,” he said. Contact Anna Boarini at [email protected] Tuesday evening, Dr. Bruce Porter, an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) gave a lecture arguing there is currently a “Mormon moment.” Porter is a member of the Quorum of 70, an LDS governing body, and titled his lecture “The Latter-Day Saints come marching in: Mormonism abroad and at home in the 21st century.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York BAD MEDICINEIf you want a job that rewards you for screwing up, join the health-care profession. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows hospitals actually make more money when surgeries have complications. Hospitals made $39,017 more when a patient with private insurance had complications post-surgery and $1,749 for a Medicare patient, according to researchers. Atul Gawande, author of the study and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, described the numbers as “eye-popping.” The most common complications: surgical site infection, sepsis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack and pneumonia.COLLEGE = POVERTYHigher education is bringing young people down, according to a new report by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. For the first time in 10 years, 30-year-olds who did not go to college are more likely to be homeowners than college grads with student loans. Back in the old days (the 1990s), college led to better paying jobs. With the current economy and the rise of education costs, graduates now have far too many student loans to pay off before they can even think about taking out a loan for a house. But don’t fret, college kids—at least you learned how to play beer pong and can teach it to your new roommates (mom and dad). CINCO DE CHIHUAHUAEvery Cinco de Mayo, residents in Chandler, Ariz., celebrate with a festival and Chihuahua races. The mini Mexican pups compete for the royal crowning of King and Queen and Best Dressed, Best Temperament and Most Fashionable. Winners receive $500 and all money raised goes to the no-kill HALO Animal Rescue.WEST EGGBaz Luhrman may have filmed the latest adaptation of The Great Gatsby in his native Australia, but he still turned to Long Island for set design inspiration. He and his wife, designer Catherine Martin, based Gatsby’s mansion on places such as Huntington’s Oheka Castle, Upper Brookville’s La Selva and Sands Point’s Beacon Towers—some of the same Gold Coast mansions that inspired author F. Scott Fitzgerald while writing his classic American novel.KISSING COUSINSIf you thought dating on Long Island was hard, you’ve never heard about what singles in Iceland go through. With a population of just 320,000, many Icelanders wind up seeing an ex years later—at a family reunion, since everyone’s basically a distant relative. But fear not, kissing cousins. A new smartphone app lets users “bump” phones and sounds an alarm if they’re too closely related. It uses an online database that contains nearly the entire population’s genealogical details stretching back 1,200 years. The slogan for Islendiga-App is: “Bump the app before you bump in bed.” Classy.NASA recently announced that its Kepler satellite had discovered three Earth-like exoplanets—planets whose main star is not the sun—that could host life. The trio is located within the “habitable zone”—the area around the star where water can exist. It’s referred to as the “Goldilocks Zone” because the planets’ surfaces are not too hot or too cold for living organisms. While scientists can’t tell if there really are aliens living on these planets, they say the discoveries bring us another step closer to finding a world similar to Earth.According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, people have only explored 5 percent of the ocean.BNL’s National Synchrotron Light Source II causes ions to become 250,000 times hotter than the sun.
Seven-time French Ligue 1 champions, Olympique Lyon, appear to be on an all too familiar path to rebuilding, following summer activities which have seen Les Gones sanction the sale of majority of their key first-team players.Prolific forward Alexandre Lacazette, was sold for a club record £52.7million to Arsenal, diminutive attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena was also allowed to join Fenerbahce, Corentin Tolisso moved to Bayern Munich, while long-serving captain and midfield enforcer Maxime Gonalons left in the final year of his contract for a reported £5milion, joining AS Roma.Coach Bruno Genesio certainly wouldn’t lose any sleep, considering Lyon’s age long history of selling their best players and effortlessly replacing them. When erstwhile poster boy, Karim Benzema was sold to Real Madrid in 2009, the club wasted no time in replacing the prolific striker, recruiting two equally deadly centre forwards- Lisandro Lopez and Bafetimbi Gomis.The expected sale of Lacazette has seen the club swing into action, signing the duo of Bertrand Traore and Mariano, from Chelsea and Real Madrid respectively. Both forwards do not match the pedigree and scoring rate of the now-departed Lacazette, but it is hoped they will measure up to standard and improve a club who finished 4th last season in Ligue 1.They appear to be covered in attack following the sale of Lacazette and Valbuena. Maxwell Cornet, who expectedly lost his place in the line-up following the winter arrival of Memphis Depay last season, should earn one of two slots wide, while Depay could potentially enjoy a defining full-debut season occupying the other wide position.Genesio, as a matter of urgency has to recruit smartly and swiftly in midfield, to make up for the loss of Gonalons and Tolisso, to complement the efforts of Clement Grenier, Sergi Darder and Nabil Fekir.In a season where their chief competitors, AS Monaco, PSG, Olympique Marseille are all gearing up for one of the most competitive seasons in French League history, Lyon shouldn’t be left behind themselves as they line-up in a now famed 4-3-3 formation, upon which the glory days were built on.RelatedAlexander Lacazette: Turning Point For Arsenal?August 3, 2017In “England”Alassane Plea Joins Gladbach From NiceJuly 13, 2018In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Stretch Lead With Nice Win As Lyon Edge Battle Of The OlympiquesMarch 19, 2018In “Europe”