21st century (Mormonism)

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Pre-fire Apia Samoa temple





Olympic flame at Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics.


  • July: Under the Banner of Heaven published. It is a juxtaposition of two stories: the origin and evolution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a modern double murder committed in the name of God by brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who subscribed to a fundamentalist version of Mormonism. The church issued an official statement on it, saying:
"although the book may appeal to gullible persons who rise to such bait like trout to a fly hook, serious readers who want to understand Latter-day Saints and their history need not waste their time on it".[1]


"Gordon B. Hinckley [...] has inspired millions and has led efforts to improve humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and education funding across the globe."


  • July-August: First annual Nauvoo Pageant held in Nauvoo, Illinois, in honor of Joseph Smith's 200th birthday.


Overlooking the Dome of the Rock from inside the BYU Jerusalem Center
  • March 12: First broadcast of Big Love a series about a Mormon fundamentalist. The show is criticised for not differentiating properly between mainstream and schismatic Mormonism. The LDS Church issued a public statement citing concerns over the program's depiction of abuse, polygamy, use of stereotypes, and television's depiction of moral and civic values in general.[3] Among other things, the church stated, "Despite its popularity with some, much of today’s television entertainment shows an unhealthy preoccupation with sex, coarse humor and foul language. Big Love, like so much other television programming, is essentially lazy and indulgent entertainment that does nothing for our society and will never nourish great minds."[3] In March 2009, the LDS Church stated that HBO's writers, producers, and executives were displaying insensitivity to church members by choosing to display simulated segments of the LDS Church's Endowment ceremony in an episode of Big Love.[4][5][6] The LDS Church also stated that the show had continued to blur the distinction between the LDS Church and "the show's fictional non-Mormon characters."[4]
  • 29 June: The LDS Church announces that the Church College of New Zealand will not admit more students and eventually close.
  • June 9: Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center re-opens.





Mitt Romney sitting outdoors during daytime, with crowd behind him holding up blue and white "Romney" signs
Mitt Romney giving an interview at a supporters rally in Paradise Valley, Arizona




  • Candidacy of Mitt Romney brings high profile attention to the religion. Romney comes from a long established Mormon family, some of whose members have held high positions in the LDS Church.
  • Thomas S. Monson announces a reduction of the missionary age for both males (age 18) and females (age 19).


  • First British LDS pageant announced. Despite name, it will commemorate the history of the Republic of Ireland as well. It is the first such pageant outside the USA.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Church Response to Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven", 27 June 2003, LDS Newsroom, LDS Church.
  2. ^ Christian Movies
  3. ^ a b "Church Responds to Questions on HBO's Big Love", press release, lds.org, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2006-03-06.
  4. ^ a b Jennifer Dobner, "HBO Vs. The Mormons In Battle Over Temple Ceremony", Huffington Post, 2009-03-11.
  5. ^ Vince Horiuchi, "LDS Temple secrets? 'Big Love' TV episode angers Mormons: TV show to air Sunday reportedly depicts faith's endowment ceremony", Salt Lake Tribune, 2009-03-12.
  6. ^ "LDS Church comments on 'Big Love'", Deseret News, 2009-03-09.
  7. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=christian.htm
  8. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/genres/chart/?id=liveactionfantasy.htm
  9. ^ "California and Same-Sex Marriage". Archived from the original on 4 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  10. ^ "LDS Donate Millions to Fight Gay Marriage". Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Prop 8 supporters see surge in donations". Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-19. [dead link]
  12. ^ "Prop 8 Protesting Turns Ugly". 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2009-04-04. 
  13. ^ "Radical Gay Activist Group Plans More Disruptions". Chicago Tribune. November 20, 2008. 
  14. ^ Muth, Chad (2008-05-02), Vatican letter directs bishops to keep parish records from Mormons, Catholic News Service, retrieved 2013-02-20 
  15. ^ Violence forces closure of Nigeria's LDS temple, Salt Lake Tribune
  16. ^ "'South Park' creators' musical comedy 'Book of Mormon' gets Broadway dates". Los Angeles Times. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "The Daily Show". thedailyshow.com. Retrieved 06/01/2011.