Mormon Ad Campaign: 'We're Normal!'
Messages stress that Mormons are regular folks
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2010 3:25 AM CDT
Updated Aug 11, 2010 6:34 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Mormons are regular people who enjoy things like skateboarding and painting, stresses a bizarre new ad campaign launched in heartland cities. The ads, running in nine cities including Pittsburgh and Minneapolis, each feature a person talking about their jobs, their families, and their interests before declaring: "I'm a Mormon." The ads are "to help people understand that we are not who they think we are," explains a church official.

Some find the campaign a bit suspect. Mormon officials firmly deny that the ads are part of an effort to prepare the ground for a Mitt Romney presidential bid in 2012. "They're a bit touchy about getting run out of everywhere they were until they ended up settling beside a giant dead salt lake, so working on their brand is understandable," notes Alex Pareene at Salon, suggesting the ads are aimed at boosting the religion's image after the bad press it received for funding anti-gay marriage campaigns.

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Apr 1, 2012 6:28 AM CDT
This is a complete red herring on the LDS church's tactics. Pay attention to how "normal" we are so you dont see all the evil crap we do. Did you know in Utah they passed law so members going through bankruptcy can still pay tithing? Your going through the worst financial time of your life, but we still want our 10 %, it will give you blessings, after you lose everything. And ANYONE who thinks they can defend the Prop 8 and Mormons, think again. They got investigated for voter and election fraud, were found guilty on 13 counts, and were fined. And they payed it no qualms. You dont pay fines without a fight unless you already know your EXTREMELY GUILTY. They are a disgusting excuse of a "church" and should abolished.
Sep 9, 2010 9:33 PM CDT
Make no mistake, the Jesus of the Bible took false teaching very serious. I know to a mormon, that Jesus's actions in Matt. 21:11-14 is not very Christ like. Mat 21:11 And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee. Mat 21:12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, Mat 21:13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Mat 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. For the Christian in Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. God is not the author of confusion and the truth shall set you free!
Sep 9, 2010 8:23 PM CDT teaching justifible lying by an B.Y.U. professor Mat 5:37 Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Ye shall know them by there fruit