A newly updated video tackling major misconceptions about the Church is now available on the Church's Newsroom Internet site for members to share with others through e-mail, blogs and other sites.
Six years ago the Church developed "Myths & Reality," a 10-minute video addressing three misconceptions associated with frequently asked questions from journalists preparing to cover the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The video was shown to a large gathering of NBC producers and reporters before the Olympic Games to help orient them about Church beliefs, practices and culture.
Since then the short film, which includes former NFL quarterback Steve Young and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes, both members of the Church, has been shown to other journalists and some public gatherings but never made available to the public until now.
The presentation addresses the stigma of polygamy stating that "groups that practice polygamy and claim they are Mormons are not associated with the 13-million-member Church headquartered in Salt Lake City."
Steve Young dispels the perception that Latter-day Saints are a close-knit group who keep to themselves and care only for their own by pointing to the Church's humanitarian and welfare efforts, which have reached people of all faiths in 163 countries and are completely funded by Church-member donations.
Another myth discussed is the issue of whether Church members are Christian. Sister Hawkes is seen as saying that although most members won't be offended by the term "Mormon," it is just a nickname and the real name of the Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "We love the Bible. We try to follow the example of the Savior in the way we deal with others. But," she says, "we're different from other Christian faiths in important ways." She explains that the Book of Mormon, modern revelation, temples, and the belief in a restoration of Christ's original church are all unique to LDS beliefs.
The video can be found at newsroom.lds.org and may be embedded onto blogs and Web sites or sent as a link to friends and family.