The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in the spotlight all year long. Will it ever be as cool to be a Mormon as it was in 2012?
Both gay and straight members of the Church and those raised Mormon shared their thoughts with BuzzFeed on what the change means to them and their community. “What remains to be seen is whether this will finally filter down to the actual members,” one said.
With a new website reaching out to gays, the church makes its most definitive statement yet that people don’t choose their sexuality. Gay “lifestyle,” it says, is still a sin, though.
The majority leader becomes the lead attack dog. “Distaste for Romney whom he thinks lacks any foundational principles or spine.”
But a baseless story that went viral this week highlights a daunting challenge for Mormonism. Can the faith escape being defined by its most famous member?
The conservative host talks to BuzzFeed about the one-hour Mormon-themed special on his online network tonight.
The famously guarded candidate attended a Mormon service today in Wolfeboro, N.H. — and he brought along a few reporters. A brief respite from the bubble.
The LDS equivalent of “What would Jesus Do?” Enthusiastic, if not on message.
BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins reported from Palmyra, NY at the annual HIll Cumorah pageant reenacting the original book of Mormon. This video report aired on The New York Times’ TimesCast.
Romney won’t talk religion, so the national press corps descends on the annual re-enactment. A risk and an opportunity for the church, and a confusing spectacle for the press.
From Anchorage to Wolfeboro, a far more private approach. What Kasie Hunt saw.
The left have turned against the faith since 2008, according to a new study, spurred by Romney and same-sex marriage.
Because Mormons who shouldn’t be drinking it anyway might get offended. Yet it’s made and still for sale in Utah.
BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins joins The Young Turks Power Panel to discuss David Axelrod’s recent comments on Romney’s faith.
North Carolina State Rep. Alma Adams predicts Romney will struggle with social conservatives because Mormons “can have multiple wives.” The second Democrat in past month to bring up the defunct Mormon practice.
But a new study suggests that what they learn about Mormonism could sway their vote. It also explains why people are so curious.
At Liberty University, the Mormon candidate finds an army of (reluctant) political supporters — but little apetite for theological bridge-building.
The candidate wasn’t always so reluctant to talk about his faith.
A Salt Lake Tribune survey shows a legislature stacked with Mormon lay leaders — but very little lobbying from the church itself.
“Stick that in your magic underwear,” tweeted Blow. “I guess we’re finding out for the first time that the media is somewhat biased,” Romney responds.
As a child, he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ticket balancing is a great tradition, and this could affect Romney’s Vice Presidential calculation.
And what does Mitt Romney have to do with it? BuzzFeed explains.
It’s a credential in the culture wars.
“One would think that a church would feel a special obligation to make sure that they weren’t fueling a black market for a particularly deadly form of commerce,” a source involved in the report says.
“Even without the LDS votes, Mitt Romney still would have won decisively (by 17 points).” Campaign calls it “overwhelming” victory.”
Very, very good e-mail lists — and an internal debate over whether to use them. “I’m getting really tired of the ads for Romney campaign trips coming from this list serve,” writes one young Mormon.
No one thinks he can beat Mitt Romney here. But his supporters hope a strong second-place finish will narrow the race to two.
At least he’s being creative. The latest anti-Mormon comments from a pastor backing one of Mitt Romney’s primary opponents.